May 2, 2017 — LayZ Board hoverboards have been linked to a deadly house fire in Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of two girls in mid-March.
The fire started at around 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 as the hoverboard was charging near the front door of a house in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The family said they heard “sizzling and cracking” from the electrical outlet. The two girls who died were Savannah Dominick, 10, and Ashanti Hughes, 2. Firefighter Lt. Dennis DeVoe also died in a car accident with an impaired driver as he was responding to the call.
Safety officials immediately opened a priority investigation after the fire. They now have evidence that the fire was caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard that was manufactured in China.
More than 3,000 were imported into the United States, according to an update from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Due to the fire hazard posed to consumers of all ages by these hoverboards, CPSC is urging the pubic stop using their LayZ Board.”
The agency has investigated at least 60 hoverboard fires. Since 2015, recalls have been issued by a dozen manufacturers for over 500,000 hoverboards. The problem is the lithium-ion batteries can overheat and explode or catch on fire when they are charging or being used.
The CPSC urges consumes to check if their hoverboard was recalled and return it or get a free replacement battery. LayZ Board hoverboards were not on the recall list. LayZ Board hoverboards are not the same product as Lazyboard hoverboards, the commission noted.
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