Hoverboards: Are they worth the risk?
December 7, 2015
Hoverboards are definitely an awesome concept, but are they safe? With the holidays just around the corner, many children may have a hoverboard at the top of their wish list. In fact, hoverboards seem to be one of the hottest gifts this season. However, parents may want to think twice before splurging on this device for their children.
More and more stories and videos of people getting injured on these devices are surfacing. In the last three months, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 8 reports of fall injuries related to hoverboards. As these become more and more popular, this number is likely to increase dramatically.
Falls are not the only safety hazard related to this product. There have also been reports that hoverboards have actually caught fire while charging the lithium batteries that they run on. These boards are causing concerns not just in the United States, but all over the world. Officials in the United Kingdom recently announced that they are detaining a number of these devices due to major safety risks related to their electrical systems.
The bottom line is that these devices can be a real safety hazard so if you do decide to purchase one this holiday season, it is a good idea to wear safety equipment such as a helmet, as well as knee and elbow pads while operating it. Obviously, these safety measures will not protect against electrical issues with the device so it is recommended that you do not leave the device unattended while it is charging.
To learn more about your legal rights and options as a victim of a product defect, please contact Atlee Hall, LLP today for a free consultation. We have offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but help victims across the state.