The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of over 500,000 self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards.
After at least 99 cases of hoverboard lithium-iron batteries overheating, smoking, sparking, catching on fire and/or exploding, 10 firms are recalling a total of 501,000 hoverboards.
Self-combusting hoverboards have been responsible for at least 60 fires in 20 states, which have resulted in more than $2 million in property damages.
More than half (267,000) of the recalled hoverboards have been sold by Swagway. Other firms include Razor USA, Hoverboard LLC, and Overstock.com. For a full list of the firms issuing a recall, click here. Click on each firm’s recall number for more information on how to contact that company for a refund, free repair, or replacement (depending on the model).
Even if your hoverboard manufacturer is not listed, you should still contact them and demand a refund, according to a statement by CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye. This is because all hoverboards that are not certified by Underwriters Laboratories are “extremely dangerous and are a fire hazard waiting to happen.” The CPSC urges consumers to stop using unsafe hoverboards immediately and to take advantage of the recall, if applicable.