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500,000 Hoverboards recalled after fires

Hoverboards, among the biggest ticket items during last winter's shopping season, are being recalled after some owners reported explosions and fires causing serious injuries. The deceptively named 'hoverboard' (after the technology seen in Back to the Future) are two-wheeled motorized scooters. They don't actually hover, like the ones seen in the movies, instead they are agile motorized platforms. They are similar to miniature Segueways without the handlebar.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that it received 99 complaints of defects that caused injuries. Specifically, consumers reported that the battery pack would overheat and catch fire or explode. At least 18 people reported burns to the arms, legs or neck. Numerous instances of property damage were also reported.

The companies subject to the recall include American and foreign manufacturers. It covers all hoverboards sold between June 2015 and May 2016. The CPSC recommends that all consumers refrain from using the hoverboards until the safety issues can be resolved. The recall allows owners to return the hoverboard for a full refund, free repair or free replacement.

If you were injured due to a dangerous product, then you may want to speak to an attorney. You may have an actionable products liability claim. Products liability, unlike many other types of litigation, is more nuanced and allows you to sue many different parties. An attorney can review your case and make a recommendation that can help guide your litigation strategy. Even minor injuries may justify a lawsuit if many people were injured. Don't think that because your injury was minor that you don't have a right to compensation.

Source: The Associated Press, "More than 500,000 hoverboards recalled after fires, burns," Joseph Pisani, July 6, 2016

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