A toy hoverboard appears to be the cause of a Christmas night fire in New Haven, Connecticut, that displaced four people and sent one to the hospital.
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What’s the problem?
December 27, 2016 – Battalion Chief Ben Vargas told the New Haven Register that the hoverboard fire was limited to one room of the second-floor unit in the Farnham Court apartments and was quickly extinguished.
All four apartment occupants were adults; one was hospitalized after complaining of difficulty breathing, possibly from smoke inhalation. The source of the fire remains under investigation but it appears that the hoverboard was to blame, according to Vargas.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2016 issued a recall for over 500,000 hoverboards from 10 different companies. The recall followed at least 99 reports of the battery packs in hoverboards catching fire or exploding. Earlier this month, World Trading recalled about 1,900 Orbit hoverboards over concerns that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.
In most cases, hoverboards catch fire because they come equipped with a defective battery. There is a huge difference in the quality and price of the various hoverboards on the market. Until Amazon’s decision to ban several types of hoverboards over safety concerns, models ranged from $300 to $700 each, with the low-end versions being manufactured without much quality control.
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 lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and property damage 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.