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500,000 hoverboards officially recalled over fire hazards


Distributors and retailers have finally issued an official recall of 501,000 hoverboards in the U.S. coordinated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to Mashable.

KIRO 7 News called CPSC. A spokeswoman confirmed the information in Mashable’s article, but said she would not be releasing information until later Wednesday morning.

Mashable reports the recall impacts the biggest hoverboard brands on the market, including Swagway (the Swagway X1 model), the Hovertrax from Razor, the Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter, the iMoto, the Hype Roam, the Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, Hover Shark, NWS, X Glider and X Rider.

Mashable published the following:

“The hazard described by the CPSC specifically cites risks associated with lithium-ion battery packs used in the hoverboards that may ‘overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.’”

“’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 depending on the model,’ reads the official CPSC advisory in a statement sent to Mashable.”

Roughly 99 hoverboard battery-related incidents have reportedly resulted in reports of injury and over $2 million in property damage across 20 states.

In Washington state, a hoverboard burst into flames at an Auburn mall. Shoppers at the Outlet Connection Mall in Auburn were evacuated.

KIRO 7 News will update this post with information from CPSC once it is received.

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