The Consumer Product Safety Commission just issued a warning to hoverboard manufacturers that it is considering issuing a recall unless the manufacturers start meeting safety standards. The CPSC has not so far issued a recall, in spite of the fact that some models have been found to catch on fire and explode.
Late last year, it was discovered that many models of self-balancing hoverboards could pose dangers to users and property after several caught on fire. Major airlines announced that travelers could not bring them onto planes. Many major retailers, including Amazon and Overstock, removed the hoverboards from their websites and offered refunds on those already sold. Several cities have banned their use on city streets.
In addition to the dangers posed by fires and explosions, hoverboards also pose a risk of falls. So far, there have been 16 reports of fires caused by hoverboards in 12 states that are currently under investigation by the CPSC.
It's a common pattern for manufacturers and retailers to rush the hot new toy onto the market in time for Christmas without fully testing it to ensure that it is safe for the public. In many cases, when defects are discovered, the company refuses to take responsibility for damages and may fight to avoid a recall, which can be expensive and may involve negative publicity for the company.
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