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More than 500,000 hoverboards recalled over fire safety concerns

CPSC recalls 501,000 hoverboards/self-balancing scooters in light of fire safety issues
By: Sean Ridgeley | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 8:41 pm

Back in February, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ruled hoverboards unsafe due to fire safety concerns, with mass recalls expected to follow. That day has now come: the same organization has issued recalls that affect over half a million of the boards/self-balancing scooters, all of which are made in China. Swagway is among the brands included.

 

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"We are urging consumers to act quickly. We've concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed," said CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye. "This is a huge recall. It's the recall we've all been waiting for to address this product that as soon as it came on the market presented a pretty significant fire hazard, and continues to present a fall hazard."

 

Over 100 accidents from burns to property damage have been reported since the boards hit the market; two dogs have died, and children have been injured, as well.

 

The full list of affected products can be found here.

NEWS SOURCES:Nbcnews.com

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