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Hoverboard Fire Causes Death of Toddler

A fire that killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured 2 others appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard.

A fire that killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured 2 others appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you were injured by a hoverboard fire or your property was damaged, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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March 11, 2017 – The coroner’s office in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, said that Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead just after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to CBS News. Another victim jumped from a second-floor porch to escape the blaze, and 2 others were rescued by firefighters.

The fire was ruled accidental and attributed to a recharging hoverboard on the first floor, where family members were also present.

“They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames,” said Fire Chief Brian Enterline. “We’ve seen too many fires and too many fire fatalities as a result of these hoverboards.”

Enterline called the devices “notorious for starting fires” and urged people not to purchase “knockoff brands” not deemed safe by UL, formerly Underwriters Laboratories.

In July 2016, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for more than 500,000 hoverboards from 10 different companies. The recall followed at least 99 reports of the battery packs in hoverboards catching fire or exploding. The agency has investigated over 60 hoverboard fires in 60 states, which together caused more than $2 million in property damages.

Do I Have a Hoverboard Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hoverboard recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you sustained an injury or you property was damaged by a hoverboard malfunction, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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