The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has called for consumers to stop using LayZ Boards, which are more commonly known as hoverboards, after they caused a fire that killed two girls in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in March. For those who don’t know what a hoverboard is, it’s a scooter without handlebars.
The CPSC urged consumers to stop charging and using the hoverboards and bring them to recycling centers that can dispose of the lithium-ion battery safely. The agency noted that the product is different from hoverboards known as “Lazyboards.” The battery-powered products have two wheels, no handlebars and a pivoting platform for the rider’s feet, according the CPSC. The words LayZ Board are on that platform. More than 3,000 of the products have been imported into the U.S. from Shenzhen, China.
The CPSC has recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards from various manufacturers to date, all for fire hazards, according to the agency’s website. LayZ was not among them. The March 10 fire killed two sisters: 10-year old Savannah Dominick and 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes. Sadly, a firefighter also died on his way to their house in a car crash. Authorities say the board overheated as it was being recharged, sparking the fire.
Sources: Law360.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer
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