Nearly All Hoverboards Officially Recalled by CPSC Action

Posted By Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci || 13-Jul-2016

Ever since the winter holiday season ended, hoverboards – the two-wheel mobility devices – have been in the news for starting house fires and bucking riders off unexpectedly. Now, after months of collecting injury reports, including 3rd-degree burns and broken bones, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has at last announced an official widespread recall of nearly all hoverboards.

More than 500,000 hoverboards have been caught in the blanketing recall, affecting ten companies in total. The recall was created due to lithium-ion batteries in hoverboards sparking and exploding without warning; the recall does not mention the trip and fall hazards hoverboards create due to their less-than-perfect balance controls. It is entirely possible that a secondary recall could affect more brands, effectively including all hoverboards, if the CPSC decides the possibility of being bucked off a hoverboard is too great and represents a naturally-dangerous product.

The recall should not come as any surprise to hoverboard manufacturers, especially after Swagway, one of the country’s leading hoverboard companies, told consumers their products weren’t safe in February. While that might seem like a noble notion, Swagway retracted its comment days later, claiming they had “mastered the technology” behind hoverboards. Whether or not they are able to implement safer technology and balance controls in their next line of production may be up to the CPSC to decide.

For a full list of recalled hoverboards, NBC New York posted a brief article here. A detailed list is also available directly from the CPSC by clicking here. If you have been hurt while using a hoverboard and you believe the product is to blame, you can call 417.313.1130 to connect with Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, Attorneys at Law. Our Springfield personal injury lawyers – also serving Joplin and Rogers/Bentonville – may be able to help you win a maximized settlement through a product liability lawsuit. Contact us today.