CPSC Announces Hoverboard Recall from 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard

The agency is including about a half million hoverboards in its recalls

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July 06, 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a wide-ranging recall for self-balancing scooters. The battery packs in the items, commonly referred to as hoverboards, can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, or exploding.

Hoverboards have two wheels at either end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. About 500,000 hoverboards are included in the recall, including models from brands Hover-Way, Powerboard, Hype Roam, iMoto, and more.

The CPSC has recorded at least 99 incidents reports of the battery packs in hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire, and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.

Consumers could purchase the hoverboards at mass merchandisers nationwide and online retailers from June 2015 through May 2016 for between $350 and $900.

Owners should immediately stop using these recalled products and contact the recalling company to return their hoverboard for a full refund, a free repair, or replacement depending on the model.

For a list of the recalling companies, brand names, number of units recalled, and contact information, see the CPSC release.

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