The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of about half a million hoverboards, following just under 100 reports of the battery packs exploding or catching fire that the agency said caused burn injuries and damage to property in some incidents. The lithium ion packs in the two-wheeled hoverboards are susceptible to overheating, which presents a risk of the self-balancing scooters smoking or catching on fire, the agency said. The 501,000 recalled products include hoverboards made or imported by a variety of companies, including Swagway LLC and Razor USA LLC, the agency said. The recalled hoverboards were sold between June 2015 and May 2016 at retail stores and also through Overstock.com, according to the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the recalled hoverboards and get in touch with the companies about refund information or a repair, the agency said.
Some of the injuries reported to the agency included concussions, fractures and injuries to internal organs. There is no safety standard in place for hoverboards. Strong safety standards protect consumers.
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