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Update: Razor USA Recalls Hoverboards Over Defective Battery Packs, Safety Hazards

Razor USA LLC is recalling more than 230,000 Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboards with GLW Battery Packs (1.) after the company received more than 20 reports of the battery packs overheating, including some reports of smoke or fire.

The recall affects the removable GLW battery packs installed in UL-Listed Hovertrax 2.0 brand self-balancing scooters/hoverboards manufactured between September 2016 and August 2017.

If you purchased a hoverboard that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact Razor for instructions on how to obtain a prepaid shipping carton to send the GLW battery pack back to Razor, and to receive a free replacement battery pack.

This recall began on August 25, 2021.

What’s the Problem with Lithium Ion Batteries?

Hoverboards are powered by lithium-ion batteries similar to those used in smartphone batteries, laptop computers and electric cars. 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.

CPSC Investigates Hoverboard Fires

In January 2016, the U.S. 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 Issued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

In July 2016, CPSC announced a nationwide recall [1] 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 issued a recall for all hoverboards sold on its website, and Pennsylvania-based retailer Boscov's recalled 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 Manufacturing Defect, 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 flammable materials, and always wear safety gear including pads and helmet. Lastly, avoid riding your hoverboard on or near public roads.

High-Tech Hoverboards Linked to Fire Hazard

CPSC is warning consumers not to use or charge New High-Tech X1-5 hoverboards [2] over concerns the batteries can overheat, posing a fire risk that can lead to smoke inhalation or other serious injuries, including death. The agency is aware of at least 1 report of an X1-5 hoverboard overheating and smoking, and has asked New High Tech Enterprise Company Inc. to recall the product. To date, the company has refused to do so.

Mother Warns Parents After Son's Hoverboard Catches Fire While Charging

A mother 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 [3]. 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.

Milwaukee Family Claims Hoverboard Fire Destroyed Home on Christmas

A toy hoverboard appears to be the cause of a Christmas night fire in New Haven, Connecticut, that displaced 4 people and sent 1 to the hospital.

Battalion Chief Ben Vargas told the New Haven Register [4] that the hoverboard fire was limited to one room of the second-floor unit in the Farnham Court apartments and was quickly extinguished.

All 4 apartment occupants were adults; 1 was hospitalized after complaining of difficulty breathing, possibly from smoke inhalation. The source of the fire remains under investigation but it appears the hoverboard was to blame, according to Vargas.

In most cases, hoverboards catch on 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.

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, California, as well as at TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores nationwide from December 2015 through April 2017 for between $300 and $400.

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

May 2, 2017 - After a fatal house fire was sparked by an exploding hoverboard, the CPSC has issued an "urgent warning" against riding or charging LayZ Board hoverboards.

On March 10, 2017, a LayZ Board hoverboard began to "sizzle" and then "exploded into flames" while being charged inside a home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The resulting fire killed 2-year-old Ashanti Hughes and 10-year-old Savannah Dominick, who ran upstairs to help her younger relatives escape the blaze.

CPSC said it was the first fatal fire linked directly to an exploding hoverboard. The agency is also investigating over 100 non-fatal hoverboard fires in at least 39 U.S. states.

More than 3,000 LayZ Board hoverboards have been imported into the U.S., according to the CPSC. In most cases, the agency works with manufacturers to coordinate a recall, but in this case an official recall has not been issued, suggesting that the China-based company is refusing to cooperate.

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 for about $300.

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