US Government Agencies – Hoverboards Are Not Safe

Posted: February 21, 2016 by azodo88 in Uncategorized

According to NBC News the popular Holiday gift of 2015, the hoverboard was declared unsafe by the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

 

       Even though these motor devices do not actually hover, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) is concerned for the safety of all consumers that purchase these hoverboards, in which they have been informing all manufactures, importers and retailers (ie: Target, Toys R Us etc) to meet all safety standards, face recalls or seizures at ports, according to a report from NBC News.

Even though the hoverboards have been the most popular gift of the 2015 holiday season, they are unsafe.   Consumers who purchased these devices have posted videos on YouTube of the malfunctions of the hoverboards.  Malfunctions include these devices setting themselves on fire (the battery is made out of lithium ion).  Consumers who purchase the hoverboards SHOULD NOT charge the device overnight or when they are away from home.

Since their release in winter 2015, consumers have posted videos of themselves trying out the devices and falling.  Places where most injuries have occurred are the arms, legs and back.

According to an article from NBC News, the CPSC stated that between December 1, 2015 & February 17, 2016 the agency has received reports from consumers in 24 states involving 52 hoverboard fires that results in a total of $2 million in property damage including the destruction of two homes and a car.

 

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