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CPSC urges public to stop using LayZ Board hoverboard due to fire danger

After a second house fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards, immediately.

The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet and does not have a handlebar. The name LayZ Board is printed on the front of the product.

CPSC said it has evidence that LayZ Board was the brand of hoverboard involved in a fire last month in Pennsylvania, which destroyed one townhome and damaged four others.

In May 2017, CPSC issued its first warning about LayZ Board hoverboards, following a fatal house fire on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which killed two young girls.

The hoverboards were manufactured in Shenzhen, China, and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States.

Because of the fire hazard posed to users of all ages, CPSC is urging the public to stop charging and using their LayZ Board.

Those who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery.

CPSC is also asking the public to share the warning with friends and family so that no one else is injured by these hoverboards.

Consumers should report any incidents with products to CPSC at: www.saferproducts.gov.

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