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More fires reported, more hoverboards recalled

Posted November 14, 2017 6:28 p.m. EST

Despite their problems, hoverboards are still popular for kids of all ages. But after a second house fire, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning and another lengthy list of product recalls.

The lithium-ion battery packs in the scooters can overheat, causing them to smoke, catch fire or even explode.

First the warning: Investigators say a LayZ Board self-balancing scooter started a fire last month that destroyed or damaged four townhomes in Pennsylvania. CPSC first put out an alert in May, after another LayZ Board hoverboard started a fire that killed two young girls.

The agency is now advising that anyone who owns one seven brands of hoverboards stop using it.

Included in the recall are:

  • Sonic Smart Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold by Dollar Mania stores in Louisiana with model number S-01 or SBW666SL printed on the bottom of the unit,
  • Tech Drift Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold online from TechDrift.com and Amazon.com from December 2015 through April 2016,
  • iLive Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards with model numbers GSB56BC, GSB56RC, GSB65BUC, GSB56WC and GSB56GDC,
  • iHoverspeed Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold online,
  • Go Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold at Village Mart store in Memphis, Tenn.,
  • Drone Nerds Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold in Florida and
  • Smart Balance Wheel Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards sold by Salvage World stores in Mississippi.