In a decision that really comes as no surprise to most of us, the Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has officially declared that hoverboards
are intrinsically unsafe as long as they do not have independent certification.
Due to the fact that
all hoverboards that are being sold right now and were sold recently during
the 2015 holiday season have no certification or in-depth safety review
of any kind, the CPSC’s decision has essentially labeled no hoverboards
safe for consumer use.
Retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar-based, were told to by the
Commission to stop selling hoverboards until the products were studied
in more detail and certified. The actual manufacturers and distributors
of the hoverboards, who were notoriously hard to locate when people went
looking for someone to sue for their injuries, were also given the same
warning. If any of the aforementioned parties do not pull hoverboards
from their shelves, the CPSC could do it for them, as well as press criminal
charges and open the door for even more civil litigation.
If you search videos for people being thrown off their hoverboards, either
due to a malfunction or a general lack of safety instruction, you can
find clip after clip
after clip. But the CPSC has officially cited that hoverboards are so dangerous
because of the fire hazards they present. When the lithium-ion batteries
are overcharged, exposed to heat or humidity, or otherwise agitated, they
can burst into flames. Within the three months since Christmas, millions
of dollars’ worth of property damage has been reported due to 52 fires.
What Comes Next for the Hoverboard?
Amazon has already jumped on the chance to set things straight, and possibly
save face, by offering refunds to anyone who had purchased a hoverboard
recently from their online retail store. Airlines have taken the initiative
and banned them from being transported on planes, both as carry-ons and
in cargo bays. And apparently some officials in the United Kingdom have
started to confiscate hoverboards on sight. All in all, the future does
not look good for hoverboards.
Here at Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC, our Dothan
personal injury attorneys have already begun looking into hoverboard accident
cases. If you have been hurt by one of these popular yet
dangerous products anywhere in Alabama, we can be the law firm to represent you and seek
fair and maximized compensation on your behalf.
Contact us today for a
complimentary initial consultation.
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