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Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of hoverboards, battery-powered scooters that may explode or catch fire during use or while being charged.

Free Confidential Lawyer Evaluation: If you were injured in a hoverboard accident, or a malfunction caused an injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Mother Warns Parents After Son’s Hoverboard Catches Fire While Charging

July 1, 2019 – A mum from Abergavenny, Wales, is pleading with parents to be extra cautious when purchasing hoverboards for their children, after her son’s went up in flames while charging next to his bed, according to WalesOnline. Steph Edwards bought her 10-year-old son Josh a self-balancing electronic scooter for Christmas last year on a website she thought was reputable for around £200. However, while Josh was charging the scooter fully for the first time on Monday, the hoverboard caught fire and flames spread to his bed and flooring, Steph said.

She says that if her 12-year-old daughter Tirion hadn’t heard the hoverboard “making popping noises” from her bedroom, the fire could have destroyed their home.

“Luckily we managed to all get out,” she said. “I know sometimes you look for a bargain and you think it’s worth it but it’s not.”

What’s the problem?

Hoverboards are powered by lithium-ion batteries like those used in smartphones and laptop computers. These batteries are compact and hold a lot of energy, but also pose a significant fire risk when manufactured cheaply. A defect inside the cell of a low-quality battery may cause it to short circuit, resulting in an explosion and/or fire. Hoverboards are also being investigated for potential design flaws that may make them difficult if not impossible to operate without falling off.

CPSC Investigates Hoverboard Injuries

In January 2016, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it was investigating dozens of fires involving hoverboards.

“Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire,” CPSC said. “This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”

The agency noted that, while some components of hoverboards may be certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), there is currently no such certification for hoverboards themselves. Thus, each model is being investigated individually to look for specific problems.

Hoverboard Recall

In July 2016, CPSC announced a recall for about 501,000 hoverboards over concerns that the devices may “overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.” Products affected by the recall include:

  • Swagway X1 model
  • Razor Hovertrax
  • Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter
  • iMoto
  • Hype Roam
  • Wheeli
  • 2Wheelz
  • Back to the Future
  • Mobile Tech
  • Hover Shark
  • NWS
  • X Glider
  • X Rider

Additionally, retailer Overstock.com is recalling all 4,300 hoverboards sold on its website, and Pennsylvania-based retailer Boscov’s is recalling about 1,300 Orbit hoverboards.

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

Hoverboard Injuries May Result from Design Flaws, Not User Error

CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye has noted that in addition to the dozens of fires caused by hoverboards, the agency is investigating the cause of fall injuries linked to the devices.

“At first glance, it is easy to believe the risk of falling off a hoverboard is an obvious one and to dismiss those injuries as user inexperience or error,” Kaye said. “However, I am concerned, for example, that the current designs of these products might not take fully into consideration the different weights of different users, potentially leading to the units speeding up or lurching in a manner that a user would not have reason to anticipate, especially a first-time user…

“Fall injuries can be serious and life-altering. Many people, including children, have ended up with fractures, contusions or head/brain injuries. Hospitals across the country are reporting spikes in children and adults being admitted after suffering serious falls.”

Safety Tips

If you have a hoverboard, CPSC recommends that you use extreme caution when operating it, and have a working fire extinguisher nearby while charging or using the board. Be sure to charge the hoverboard in an open area away from combustible materials, and always wear safety gear including pads and helmet. Lastly, avoid riding your hoverboard on or near a road.

Milwaukee Family Claims Hoverboard Fire Destroyed Their Home on Christmas Day

January 3, 2017 – 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.

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.

CPSC Issues 2nd Recall on Hoverboards Over Fire / Explosions

November 15, 2017 – CPSC is recalling hoverboards from several companies for a 2nd time over concerns the devices could catch fire or explode. The alert followed at least 2 reports of fire associated with LayZ Board hoverboards, the most recent of which destroyed one home and damaged 4 others last month, CPSC said. It follows a fatal house fire in March.

iRover Recalls Hoverboards Over Fire / Explosion Risk

July 26, 2017 – iRover is recalling 2 models of hoverboards over concerns that their lithium ion batteries can overheat, catch fire and explode. Affected devices were sold at Fallas Discount Stores in Los Angeles, CA., as well as at TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores across the U.S. from December 2015 through April 2017 for between $300 and $400.

Charging Hoverboard Sparks Fire in San Diego Home

June 20, 2017 – A charging hoverboard started a fire at a home last weekend in the resort city of Coronado in San Diego County.

June 20, 2017 – The hoverboard fire caused smoke to fill the house and soot to cover all the walls and furnishings, leading to an estimated $22,500 in damages, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Coronado Fire Battalion Chief Perry Peake said the hoverboard, which was plugged in for charging in one of the bedrooms, caught fire around 12:40 p.m on Saturday, and the flames spread to a nearby bed.

Quick work by firefighters kept the flames from spreading past the bedroom; however, the family was displaced due to extensive smoke and soot damage through the house.

“These things have been catching fire for a couple of years,” Peake said. He said he didn’t know whether it was the board or the charger that started the fire.

Hoverboards run on lithium ion battery packs and have been blamed for dozens of fires across the U.S. Airlines have banned having them onboard because of the fire risk.

Last year, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than a half million hoverboards, noting that the agency had received 99 reports of battery pack overheating, fires or explosions.

CPSC Issues Warning on LayZ Board Hoverboards After House Fire Kills 2 Children

May 2, 2017 – After a Pennsylvania house fire sparked by an exploding hoverboard killed 2 young girls, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has issued a warning against using or charging Chinese-made LayZ Board hoverboards. More than 3,000 of the products have been imported into the U.S., the agency said.

Hoverboard Manufacturer Sues Jennifer Lopez

April 3, 2017 – Jennifer Lopez has been hit with a lawsuit for lack of influence to promote a hoverboard manufacturer on social media.

April 3, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, the Sidekick Group in 2015 sent “J Lo” 42 custom hoverboards as props for her Planet Hollywood show in Las Vegas in exchange for her agreeing to promote the devices on her personal Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Lopez did tweet about the products once, in a video featuring backup dancers riding hoverboards while she sung “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” It was a clever idea, but one tweet wasn’t going to cut it for the Sidekick Group.

The company claims it spent $54,390 on the hoverboards and is now suing Lopez for that amount as a result of her failing to live up to her obligation.

This isn’t the first time Sidekick Group has filed a hoverboard lawsuit against a celebrity. Last year, the company sued NFL cornerback Richard Sherman for allegedly backing out of a promo deal. The complaint was later dropped.

Hoverboard Fire Deaths Prompt CPSC Investigation

March 20, 2017A fire sparked by a malfunctioning hoverboard that claimed the life of two children last week has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

10-year-old Savannah Dominick died on March 16, 2017, as a result of burns to 95% of her body from the hoverboard fire, according to NBC 10. The first victim, 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes, died the night of the fire.

Although multiple fires in the U.S. and abroad have been linked to malfunctioning hoverboards, this incident marks the first confirmed deaths associated with the devices.

As a result, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched an investigation to determine whether the hoverboard that ignited the blaze was part of last year’s hoverboard recall.

The hoverboard deaths have also drawn the attention of Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who sent an open letter to the CPSC on Wednesday.

“While we understand that according to CPSC data this was the first fatal fire caused by a hoverboard, the dangers of defective hoverboard batteries are well known,” the letter said. “We urge you to identify whether the hoverboard involved was included in the July 2016 recall.”

Based on the results of the investigation, CPSC will determine whether last year’s hoverboard recall needs to be expanded to include additional models.

Hoverboard Fire Caused Toddler’s Death, Authorities Say

March 11, 2017 – A fire that killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured 2 others appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard.

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.

Exploding Hoverboard Blamed for Christmas Night Fire in Connecticut

December 27, 2016 – 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.

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.

Orbit Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire Risk

December 14, 2016 – World Trading has issued a recall for about 1,900 Orbit hoverboards / self-balancing scooters over concerns that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding. The hoverboards were sold on Evine’s televised shopping programs and online in December 2015 for about $300.

Tennessee Family Sues Amazon After Hoverboard Fire Destroys House

November 2, 2016 – 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.

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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