The Consumer Product Safety Commission has evidence that a LayZ Board brand self-balancing scooter, also known as a "hoverboard," was responsible for a March house fire that killed two little girls. LayZ Board is only one brand of the device. Its products are manufactured in Shenzhen, China. Over 3,000 LayZ Boards were imported into the U.S.
The problem with at least this brand of hoverboard is a fire hazard that may occur during charging or use of the toy. The CPSC recommends all ages of users stop using and stop charging it immediately. Do not throw the device away; take the device for recycling at a center that can recycle lithium-ion batteries.
The agency also urges the public to share this information. These devices are not safe to use or charge, and owners need to be aware so they can prevent any further injuries.
Here is a description of the recalled device:
Like most hoverboards, the LayZ Board is a battery-powered, self-balancing scooter. This device has two wheels and a pivoting platform for the rider's feet. It does not have a handlebar. The name 'LayZ Board" appears on the front. It does not actually hover.
Are all hoverboards hazardous?
It's not clear. Lawsuits have been filed against other hoverboard manufacturers after the devices have caught fire, according to InvestorGuide.com. That said, you may recall that other devices that use lithium-ion batteries have also been shown to catch fire and/or explode, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. According to USA TODAY, lithium-ion batteries are no more prone to fire than other batteries, but they are more energy dense. That means that when a fire or explosion does occur, it may be more serious than with traditional batteries.
If you have experienced a fire you suspect may have been caused by a hoverboard or any electronic product, we urge you to share your story with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for any damages you incurred.