Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Hoverboards, the hottest trend of 2015’s gift giving season are getting even hotter, and not in a good way. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported 12 incidents in the United States alone where the lithium ion batteries that power these hoverboards have caught fire and sometimes destroyed entire homes.
A letter from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to the manufacturers, importers and retailers states that, “from December 1, 2015, through February 17, 2016 CPSC received reports, from consumers in 24 states, of 52 self balancing scooter fires resulting in over $2 million in property damage, including destruction of two homes and an automobile.” They continue to note that these fires could be prevented if all hoverboards were, “manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary safety standards.”
At this time no hoverboard that can be purchased by the public actually meets those standards, and as a result major online retailers have been pulling hoverboards off of their online stores. As of this week Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, and Bed Bath & Beyone have all pulled hoverboards from their websites.
We urge you to contact the company you purchased your hoverboard from the determine their return policy.