Last year’s hottest Christmas gift was a lot hotter than anyone expected — literally.
There have been 99 reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating, catching on fire, or exploding. Over a dozen people have been severely burned and a few homes have burned to the ground.
The Swagway X1 had 42 reports of battery pack fires or explosions, with 16 reports of severe burn injuries and property damage.
Hoverboard Powerboards (commonly sold in mall kiosks) were linked to 27 reports of battery pack explosions. Another 17 incidents were associated with Hover-Way hoverboards that were sold on QVC.
In addition to the fire hazard, the government has received dozens of reports of people who were injured after falling off a hoverboard. According to the CPSC:
“Some of these injuries have been serious, including concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries. Always wear a proper helmet and padding while using this product.”
The CPSC and 10 hoverboard manufacturers recalled the following products:
- Digital Gadgets LLC – Hover-Way
- Hoverboard LLC – Powerboard
- Hype Wireless – Hype Roam
- Keenford – iMoto
- PTX Performance Products USA – Airwalk Self-Balancing Electric Scooter
- Razor USA LLC – Hovertrax
- Swagway LLC – Swagway X1
- Yuka Clothing – Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, HoverShark, NWS, X, Glider, and X-Rider
- Boxcov’s – Orbit
- Overstock.com – All hoverboards