Since 2015, many brands of hoverboards have been the subject of various warnings and recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been on the frontlines in warning the public of the risks hoverboards pose from overheating fires.
CPSC is aware of more than 250 self-balancing scooter/hoverboard incidents where the battery overheats and/or explodes during the charging process. In March 2017, a 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl died in a house fire ignited by a hoverboard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition, the CPSC reports of 13 burn injuries, three smoke inhalation injuries and more than $4 million in property damage related to hoverboards.
But, my kid really wants a hoverboard – what can I do to stay safe?
If you choose to buy a hoverboard this holiday, the CPSC recommends taking these steps to reduce the risk of fire:
How can you tell if your hoverboard is UL 2272 compliant?
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