Date
24 January 2017
Almost 100 incidents of hoverboard fire and explosions have been reported, with some injuries and property damage, according to the US consumer watchdog. Photo: Telegraph, sg.carousell.com
Almost 100 incidents of hoverboard fire and explosions have been reported, with some injuries and property damage, according to the US consumer watchdog. Photo: Telegraph, sg.carousell.com

US recalls 500,000 China-made hoverboards for fire risk

More than 500,000 Chinese-made hoverboards are being recalled because of fire hazard.

ABC News is reporting that the recall involves hoverboards from eight manufacturers and importers that are made with lithium-ion battery packs and 4,300 from Overstock.com and 1,300 from a store in Pennsylvania.

Amazon.com is not listed in the recall but in February, the online giant worked with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to offer refunds to any customer who wanted to return hoverboards bought on the site.

About 267,000 are from Swagway, more than half of those recalled.

“We are urging consumers to act quickly,” CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye told ABC News.

“We’ve concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed.”

There is the risk that the battery packs in the self-balancing scooters might overheat, start to smoke or catch fire, officials said.

There is also a possibility of explosions that cause burns and property damage, according to the CPSC.

Almost 100 incidents have been reported, with some injuries and property damage, Kaye said. Consumers are being urged to get a refund, a repair or replacement part depending on the model hoverboard they currently own.

“This is a huge recall. It’s the recall we’ve all been waiting for to address this product that as soon as it came on the market presented a pretty significant fire hazard, and continues to present a fall hazard,” Kaye said.

The recalled hoverboards were made in China and mostly sold by online retailers from June 2015 through May 2016 for about US$350 to US$900.

Swagway has worked with CPSC to voluntarily create a recall and retrofit program to address the safety concerns, they added.

Overstock.com discontinued the sale of the scooters early last December.

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