Though they topped thousands of holiday gift lists, hoverboards since have proven a hazard for dozens of families. Safety officials and engineers with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission are investigating multiple cases of fires involving hoverboards (also called smart boards or self-balancing boards) nationwide.
Among the products, manufacturers and distributors under review are:
- Smart Balance Wheel by One Stop Electronic Inc.
- Smart Balance Wheel Scooter by Glide Boards
- Hover-way Hands-Free Electric by Digital Gadgets LLC
- Swagway Hands-Free Smart Board by Swagway LLC
- Smart Balance Board by I Lean Hoverboards
- E-Rover-Mini Smart Balance Scooter by LeCam Technology
- Smart Balance Wheels by Kateeskitty
- iMOTO by Keenford Limited
- Smart Balance Wheel by Luxiyan
- E-Rover Smart Balance Wheel
According to a statement released by CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye, investigators working to determine the root cause of the the fires are focusing on components of the lithium-ion battery packs and their interaction with the internal circuit boards. When working properly, such features should prevent overheating and potential combustion.
Investigators also are looking into issues of fall hazards, prompted by an increasing number of serious injuries and emergency room visits involving falls from hoverboards.
“At first glance, it is easy to believe the risk of falling off a hoverboard is an obvious one and to dismiss those injuries as user inexperience or error,” Kaye said, noting that some designs may fail to safely accommodate users of varying weights, which could cause the hoverboards to speed up or lurch forward unexpectedly. “We are looking deeper into the design of these products to see if they present a hidden hazard that is leading to fall injuries that should not occur, even on a product that presents some risk of falling.”
If you or your child are injured while riding a hoverboard, or if you incur property damage caused by a product that catches fire, call 800-251-1111 to speak with a hoverboard accident attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.