Many Connecticut residents know that the latent potential dangers of a consumer device may not be discovered until many months after it has been on the market. When these deficiencies are finally revealed, many consumers may have already been seriously injured. Government agencies then may have no choice but to investigate and order a massive recall of the product in order to protect lives and property. Recently, the manufacturers of one very popular consumer riding device are now facing this exact situation.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has just issued a recall for up to 500,000 hoverboards because the devices have a tendency to catch on fire. The recall affects all hoverboards released to the consumer market before May of this year. Ten hoverboard manufacturers have been affected by this recall. Many of them are already providing refunds, repairs or replacement hoverboards to consumers.
The hoverboards, which were a popular consumer Christmas gift for 2015, initially came under scrutiny due to injuries and accidents that consumers suffered while riding them. These injuries included sprains, scrapes, broken bones and concussions when consumers fell off the devices. Later, reports of the hoverboards bursting into flame began surfacing. As of now, there have been nearly 100 reports of the devices catching fire or exploding. The Commission has looked into nearly 60 of these occurrences in more than 20 states. These incidences have caused nearly $2 million dollars in property damage.
The CPSC has stated that only hoverboards that have the Underwriters Laboratory's certification are safe. However, any Connecticut resident who may have been injured in a hoverboard accident may want to get more information in order to discover if there are any legal avenues that should be explored.
Source: usatoday.com, "More than 500,000 hoverboards recalled", July 6, 2016