Hoverboards are the hottest toys on the market for kids this holiday season. However, parents should think twice before purchasing one for their child. Recent reports of the boards catching fire are becoming more common across the country.
Hoverboards are a two-wheeled, self-balancing, motorized scooter-like product. With a simple lean forward or backward, you can make the board travel. Some can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, the fun toy has become dangerous. Recently in Alabama, a mans hoverboard burst into flames while he was riding it along a sidewalk.
In Louisiana, a home was badly damaged when a hoverboard caught fire while being charged.
Closer to home, a Boca Raton girl jumped off of her board just in time to avoid injuries when it suddenly went up in flames inside a family home.
Fire Marshals Issue Safety Advisory
With a growing list of incident reports and a concern for product safety, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has issued an advisory on the product. The warning encourages anyone thinking about purchasing a hoverboard to ensure the product meets acceptable standards before buying one.
The president of the NASFM Board of Directors, believes that the Louisiana home fire caused by a hoverboard is not rare. Numerous hoverboard incidents in the United States and overseas have raised concerns and prompted the organization to get involved.
Advice for Purchasing a Hoverboard
For those who are considering purchasing a hoverboard, the NASFM highlights a few things you should look for. Consumers should make sure the board meets safety standards. Buyers should look for indications that the product has been accepted by recognized testing organizations. This information should be available on the packaging.
Buyers should only purchase hoverboards from reputable stores that provide warranties. Do not overcharge the board, and make sure you are present when it is charging. Follow manufacturers instructions and do not use imitation chargers.
If you have been injured by a hoverboard, contact the defective product attorneys at Gordon & Doner. An injury attorney from our firm will review the merits of your claim as part of our free initial consultation, and help determine if you have a case.