The future is here, and hoverboards are now available. But from explosions to fires to fall injuries, the hoverboard may be a dangerous gift this holiday season. NBC Nightly News reported that there were at least six serious fires nationwide this year as the result of the hoverboard. The lithium ion batteries in the hoverboard are reportedly the cause of the fires.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has also received many complaints of injuries including serious fractures and head wounds and other injures from falls from this popular item. Hoverboards are causing the same problems in Europe, with the U.K. issuing strong warnings of the product overheating, exploding or catching fire.
Hoverboards can cost from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. There are many cheaper versions of this popular item for lower prices that may be attractive to buyers, but may pose a big safety risk. Many hoverboards are made in China, and because they are not considered a toy or a vehicle, they are largely unregulated. CBS News reported Sean Kane, president of The Safety Institute, as stating that there are no national standards for all the different brands of hoverboards sold to consumers.
If you are insistent on purchasing a hoverboard, we encourage you to do your research, as there are many brands out there, some reputable, some not. Use your judgment and do your homework before buying one. The National Association of State Fire Marshals warns that you should never leave a hoverboard plugged in unattended, overcharge it, or charge it overnight. Also, be sure to wear headgear and knee, wrist and elbow pads when riding to help prevent fall injuries. For a complete list of various product recalls and product warnings, you can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website at http://www.cpsc.gov/.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a faulty or dangerous product, contact the injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free lawyer consultation. Call a product injury lawyer in Philadelphia at 215-575-9237 or contact a product injury lawyer in Wilkes-Barre at 570-714-HURT. Our consultations are always free and confidential.
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