July 6, 2016 — Over 500,000 hoverboards and self-balancing scooters have been recalled by 10 manufacturers because they can catch on fire.
The problem is that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, spark, smoke, catch on fire, or explode. There have been at least 99 incidents, including reports of burn injuries and property damage.
The Swagway X1 hoverboard was linked to 42 reports of battery packs overheating, including 16 reports of injuries, such as burns to the neck, leg, and arm, or severe property damage.
Another 27 reports of overheating were linked to Hoverboard Powerboards, which were sold at mall kiosks, retail stores, and online from September 2014 through April 2016.
Hover-Way hoverboards were linked to 17 reports of battery packs overheating, including two reports of burn injuries and two reports of property damage.
The recalled hoverboards include:
- Digital Gadgets LLC – Hover-Way (16,000)
- Hoverboard LLC – Powerboard (70,000)
- Hype Wireless – Hype Roam (25,000)
- Keenford – iMoto (84,000)
- PTX Performance Products USA – Airwalk Self-Balancing Electric Scooter (4,900)
- Razor USA LLC – Hovertrax (28,000)
- Swagway LLC – Swagway X1 (267,000)
- Yuka Clothing – Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, HoverShark, NWS, X, Glider, and X-Rider (800)
- Boxcov’s – Orbit (1,300)
- Overstock.com – All hoverboards (4,300)
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