Tuesday 12 December 2017

Half a million hoverboards recalled, number of injuries reported since they hit shelves

Sharon Massey, her two daughters and her nine-month-old grand-daughter were left homeless after their hoverboard burst into flames
Sharon Massey, her two daughters and her nine-month-old grand-daughter were left homeless after their hoverboard burst into flames
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

More than 500,000 hoverboards were recalled after reports of them bursting into flames and spewing smoke.

There have been 99 reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of battery packs that have overheated, exploded or caught fire, according to the U.S. regulator.

There have been at least 18 reports of injuries, such as burns to the neck, legs or arms, according to the CPSC. Property damage has also been reported.

The recalled hoverboards were made by 10 companies ranging from Swagway LLC of South Bend, Indiana, to Keenford, based in Hong Kong.

They were sold across the US and online between June 2015 and May 2016 and cost over $900 (€811).

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