A family from Nashville, Tennessee, is suing Amazon after their million-dollar home was allegedly destroyed by a fire caused by lithium-ion batteries inside a hoverboard they purchased in January.
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What’s the Problem?
November 2, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Megan Fox purchased what she thought was a FITBURO F1 hoverboard with an “original Samsung advanced battery” as a Christmas present for her son on the Amazon website through a third party merchant called “W-Deals” on Nov. 3, 2015.
Then on Jan. 9, the hoverboard’s battery exploded – a shockingly common occurrence that led to the recall of over 500,000 hoverboards by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July.
Two of the family’s children were at home at the time of the fire and had to escape by breaking windows and jumping from the second floor. The home and most of the family’s belongings went up in flames. The only items they were able to salvage were their vehicles and a handful of water damaged books and pictures, according to the lawsuit.
Amazon is not typically liable for the behavior of third-party merchants who use its platform to sell their products. However, “W-Deals” was a sham organization that sold counterfeit Chinese-made products on the website, according to the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs say they spent months trying to track down the actual manufacturer of the hoverboard without success. If no manufacturer can be found, Tennessee product liability law states that a plaintiff can sue the “seller” instead.
The complaint further alleges that Amazon was negligent in failing to warn customers about safety problems with hoverboards, which it claims should have been known to the company prior to the Jan. 9 fire.
Do I Need a Hoverboard Lawyer?
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Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you sustained an injury or property damaged caused by a hoverboard malfunction, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing suit and we can help.