Despite their popularity, hoverboards are proving to be a hazardous product causing a spike in personal injury incidents. This holiday season many children received the futuristic gift, but as parents are realizing, hoverboards require substantial safety precautions.
Hoverboards, also called smart boards or balance boards, are comparable to a motorized skateboard. Unfortunately, they’ve proved more dangerous than a lot of consumers realized. In fact, the falls, fires, and head and neck injuries attributed to hoverboards have caused enough alarm that retail giant Amazon stopped selling some models.
ER VISITS SPIKED DURING THE HOLIDAYS DUE TO HOVERBOARD INJURIES
South Florida emergency rooms saw 40 hoverboard related injuries in the few days after Christmas, including broken wrists and arms as well as concussions. You don’t have to go much further than social media to see the dangers. For instance, Twitter has been buzzing with videos posted under the hashtag #hoverboardfail.
HOVERBOARDS GOING UP IN FLAMES POSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY RISK
The hot toy of 2015 turned up the heat a little too much on some shoppers this season. In addition to causing injuries due to falls, hoverboards have been shown to be fire hazards as well. At least 22 hoverboards have ignited across the country, some while the board was in charge mode and others while people were using them.
U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ISSUES HOVERBOARD SAFETY WARNING
Elliot Kanye, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), said in a statement that investigations surrounding the safety of hoverboards were underway. The CPSC recommends wearing safety gear and treating hoverboards as one would a bike – taking the time to gain mastery of it before hopping on and trying to go full speed. Consumers who have accidents related to hoverboards are urged to report them to SaferProducts.gov.
If a faulty product has caused damage or injury, look into your rights to recover compensation from a personal injury firm.
Statement from the U.S. CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye on the Safety of Hoverboards, cspc.gov, 16 Dec 2015