Fatal House Fire Prompts Consumer Product Safety Commission to Warn against Hoverboards

The agency has evidence that the LayZ Board was involved in a fire that killed two young girls

Fatal House Fire Prompts Consumer Product Safety Commission to Warn against Hoverboards
Image: CPSC
May 2, 2017

A house fire that killed two young girls has led the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to warn consumers against using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards.

The agency has evidence that one of these items was involved in the fatal blaze on March 10, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

These hoverboards were manufactured in Shenzhen, China. More than 3,000 were imported into the U.S.

The fire hazard posed by these scooters has prompted the CPSC to urge consumers of all ages to stop charging and using them.

Consumers who decide to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the board's lithium-ion battery. CPSC also encourages the public to share this warning with all family and friends to avert more injuries and/or property damage.

LayZ Boards are two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooters with a pivoting platform meant for the rider's feet. They do not include a handlebar. LayZ Board appears on the front of the product.

Note: The safety warning to stop use applies to LayZ Boards hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards.