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501,000 Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboards Recalled for Fire Hazard


Recall

Ten firms have recalled 501,000 self-balancing scooters and hoverboards because they pose a fire hazard.

About The Self-Balancing Scooter and Hoverboard Recalls

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters and hoverboards can overheat, which creates a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, and exploding.

The self-balancing scooters and hoverboards were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide and online retailers from June 2015 to May 2016 for between $350 to $900.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact the recalling company to return the products for a full refund, a free repair, or a free replacement depending on the model.

Incidents and Serious Injuries Reported

  • There have been at least 99 reports of incidents where the battery packs in self-balancing scooters and hoverboards have experienced overheating, sparking, catching fire, and exploding.
  • Burn injuries have been reported
  • There has also been property damage reported.
Description of Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards

Information below provided by the US CPSC:

  • The recall involves self-balancing scooters, which are commonly known as hoverboards.
  • The hoverboards have two wheels at either end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs.
Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards Included in Recalls
  • Company: Digital Gadgets, LLC
    • Number of Units: 16,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Hover-Way Model Number HWSBB601-R
  • Company: Hover Board, LLC
    • Number of Units: 70,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Powerboard
  • Company: Hype Wireless
    • Number of Units: 25,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Hype Roam
  • Company: Keenford Ltd.
    • Number of Units: 84,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: iMoto
  • Company: PTX Performance Products USA
    • Number of Units: 4,900
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter
  • Company: Razor USA LLC
    • Number of Units: 28,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Hovertrax
  • Company: Swagway LLC
    • Number of Units: 267,000
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Swagway XI
  • Company: Yuka Clothing
    • Number of Units: 800
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, Hover Shark, NWS, X Glider and X Rider
  • Company: Boscov’s of Reading, PA
    • Number of Units: 1,300
    • Brand/ Model Sold: Orbit
  • Company: Overstock.com
    • Number of Units: 4,300
    • Brand/ Model Sold: All Hoverboards

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