More than 500,000 hoverboards are being recalled to address issues raised after some of the devices overheated, burning riders and damaging property, The New York Post reports.
“There have been 99 reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of hoverboard battery packs that exploded or caught fire, the U.S. regulator said Wednesday,” The Post reports. “At least 18 injuries were reported, such as burns to the neck, legs or arms, according to the CPSC. Property damages were also reported.”
The report adds: “Hoverboards were a hot item during the holiday season, but videos and photos of the two-wheeled motorized scooters on fire or spewing smoke were soon showing up frequently on the Internet. The CPSC warned hoverboard makers and retailers earlier this year that they had to follow newly created safety requirements or face recalls. Many airlines, railroads and college campuses have already banned hoverboards, citing safety risks.”
The recall affects hoverboards made by 10 different companies, sold between June 2015 and May 2016.