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.