CPSC says that the scooters’ lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, which can start fires, most of which have occurred when the devices are charging.
Affected models have a “UL 2272” compliance certification label, the commission said. Hoverboards sold before Jan. 29, 2016, are not UL 2272 compliant, and are therefore not part of the recall.
Click on the following links to view specific information on each of the recalled hoverboards:
- Drone Nerds Recalls Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards
- Go Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by Four Star Imports Due to Fire and Explosion Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Village Mart
- iHoverspeed Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by Simplified Wireless Due to Fire Hazard
- iLive Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by Digital Producers Due to Fire Hazard
- Tech Drift Recalls Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled Due to Explosion and Fire Hazards
- Sonic Smart Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by Dollar Mania Due to Explosion and Fire Hazards
- Smart Balance Wheel Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards Recalled by Salvage World Due to Explosion and Fire Hazards
This is not the first time hoverboards have been recalled. In March 2015, CPSC recalled more than 500,000 self-balancing scooters after the toys were linked to at least 250 fires, $4 million in property damage, and 2 deaths.
A 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl died in a house fire in March at their home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The fire was ruled accidental and the source was a rechargeable hoverboard plugged into a first-floor outlet.
CPSC has also received at least 13 reports of people burned by hoverboards, 3 smoke inhalation injuries, and over $4 million in property damage associated with fires started by the devices.