500,000 Hoverboards Recalled by U.S. Government

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501,000 hoverboards recalled by retails and distributors in the United States, coordinated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This is following months of safety warnings and reports of fires initiated by hoverboards.

The CPSC specifically cites risks associated with the lithium-ion battery packs these products use which can overheat, “posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding”. The CPSC statement continues: “Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled products and contact the recalling company to return their hoverboard for a full refund, a free repair or a free replacement.”

Users unsure if their hoverboard is part of the recall can call the CPSC consumer hotline at (800) 638-2772.