The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters (known as hoverboards). CPSC has evidence that LayZ Board was the hoverboard involved in the tragic fire on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa., which took the lives of two young girls.
Due to the fire hazard posed to consumers of all ages by these hoverboards, CPSC is urging the public to stop charging and stop using their LayZ Board. Consumers who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery. CPSC is also asking the public to share this warning with friends and family so that they injure no one else.
The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet and does not have a handlebar. The name LayZ Board appears on the front of the product.
Several brands of hoverboards have been linked to fires in the last decade. On July 6, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for 501,000 hoverboards and self-balancing scooters because the lithium-ion batteries can overheat, catch on fire, or explode. The agency received at least 99 incident reports, including burn injuries and property damage.
The hoverboards included in the 2016 recall are:
· Digital Gadgets LLC – Hover-Way (16,000)
· Hoverboard LLC – Powerboard (70,000)
· Hype Wireless – Hype Roam (25,000)
· Keenford – iMoto (84,000)
· PTX Performance Products USA – Airwalk Self-Balancing Electric Scooter (4,900)
· Razor USA LLC – Hovertrax (28,000)
· Swagway LLC – Swagway X1 (267,000)
· Yuka Clothing – Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, HoverShark, NWS, X, Glider, and X-Rider (800)
· Boxcov’s – Orbit (1,300)
· Overstock.com – All hoverboards (4,300)
In March 2017, another recall was issued for Vecaro brand Glide65, Drift8, and Trek10 hoverboards.
CPSC continues to receive reports of fires related to hoverboards. If you own a hoverboard, it's important to stay informed about their recalls - as these are updated periodically.
Note: The safety warning to stop use applies to LayZ Boards hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards
Story sources: https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2017/following-fatal-house-fire-cpsc-warns-consumers-to-stop-using-layz-board-hoverboards-0