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