Fire-prone “hoverboards” are now the subject of an intensive new investigation by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) engineers. The CPSC has received numerous reports of the battery-powered, wheeled boards catching fire while charging or while in use. CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye stated in a Dec. 16 release:
Every consumer who is riding a hoverboard, who purchased one to give as a gift during the holidays, or who is thinking about buying one deserves to know if there is a safety defect.
Field investigators and laboratory engineers are examining new and damaged boards, focusing on “the configuration of the battery packs and compatibility with the chargers,” Kaye said. It should be noted that no safety standard exists for hoverboards, and that the CPSC has received “dozens” of reports of fall injuries. Hoverboards are also known as “smart boards” or “smart self-balancing boards.” CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson told Bloomberg BNA:
We are currently conducting 12 fire investigations in 10 states. We have received at least 40 hospital emergency room reports from hospitals participating in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a sampling system used to estimate injury totals.
Some of the fall injuries have been serious, according to Kaye. They include “concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries.” It’s good that the CPSC is investigating what appears to be a most dangerous product.
Source: Bloomberg BNA
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