500,000 Hoverboards Recalled by U.S. Safety Commission
Earlier this year, major airlines banned hoverboards after warnings that the motorized scooters' battery packs can spontaneously burst into flames.
While Russell Crowe, among others, wasn’t happy about the ban, the danger is real.
In the latest blow to the trendy product, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 500,000 of the two-wheeled fire starters, according to Mashable, citing concerns that their batteries will overheat, catch fire, and seriously injure riders.
Elliot Kaye, the commission's chairman, told ABC News the situation is urgent: “We are urging consumers to act quickly. We've concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed.”
The recall affects eight manufacturers, but hoverboards from Swagway, the most popular among them, account for some 267,000 of the recalled boards. Other brands affected include Razor, iMoto, HypeRoam, and more.
The recall mainly affects older models of hoverboards. Newer, safer models have been developed since the initial craze and have been certified as safe by the commission, although you still can't bring it on a plane.
The commission suggested that anyone who owns a hoverboard should get a full refund from either the manufacturer or the retailer. Amazon has been offering refunds on hoverboards purchased through their site for some time.