In this article, we’ll show you some of the hoverboard brands that caught fire in the past. The hoverboard craze is taking the world by storm as more people are investing in this motorized scooter. Users as young as 6 years own them and are seen riding them in their neighborhoods. From the look of things, hoverboards are here to stay. However, just like most inventions, this one too had problems that to some extent endangered the lives of its users. Quite a number of new scooters were reported to spontaneously explode hence forcing them to be recalled. Some brands were affected by this more than others. Hoverboards are designed with wheels on each side of the platform. This device is powered by Lithium-ion batteries. At times, these overheat and smoke or combust hence posing a health risk. The CPS Commission is reported to have recalled, not one or two, but seven hoverboard brands due to this. Before settling for a particular product, ask yourself “Which brand of hoverboards are catching fire?” Smart Self Balancing Wheel Scooters/Hoverboards This brand of hoverboards was available in the colors, white, red, black and blue. The sole culprit for the overheating, smoking and/or exploding saga is the lithium-ion battery. For this, the consumers were requested to refrain from using this hoverboard and also get in touch with Salvage World in order to get appropriate instructions in regards to how to return them for store credit. One incident was reported in Mississippi in 2017 whereby a Smart Balance Hoverboard exploded and caught fire which resulted in a property damage. This was right around August 2016 to March 2017.
Drone Nerds Self Balancing Scooters/HoverboardsThe recall number for the brand is 18-027 and there were about 700 units in circulation. Hoverboards from this brand came in a wide array of colors. Its hazard prompter is the overheating lithium-ion battery. These self-balancing scooters were available at the Drone Nerds store in Florida, Aventura as well as online from the month of November the year 2015 to the month of March, year 2016 and cost about $300. Fortunately, there were no Incidents reported. However, it was advised that consumers should refrain from using the said hoverboards. Drone Nerds was also to be contacted for instructions on the return of the said scooters for store credit.
The Self-Balancing Hoverboards, Go WheelsThe recall date for this self-balancing scooter is November 14, 2017 and the recall number, 18-028. There were about 1,800 hoverboards in circulation. You can easily identify this product by the “Go Wheel” logo that’s printed within a circle right in the mid part of the unit where the two sides connect. This logo also ignites when it is turned on. These were available in the colors, blue, red, pink and gold. Its hazardous feature is its battery which threatened to overheat and explode during and after use. These were in circulation from the month of October 2015 to March 2016. Unfortunately, one incident was reported whereby a hoverboard overheated. Fortunately, no injuries or damage of property was reported. In this case, users were advised against using the product and also get in touch with Four Star Imports in order to return their units whereby they would receive a free replacement unit (UL2272-certified).
iHoverspeed Self-Balancing Scooters/HoverboardsThe recall number for this product is 18-029 and there were about 900 hoverboards in circulation. It was available in the colors; blue, black, white and red with the printed logo “iHoverboardspeed” on the front. It’s hazard prompter is the Lithium-ion battery which overheats and threatens to catch fire. This self-balancing scooter was previously sold at iHoverspeed.com, Amazon.com among other online retail stores. This was from November-December 2015 and the price was about $290-$330. Fortunately, no mishaps were reported in regards to this product. A public notice was issued warning owners against using or keeping this product. Simplified wireless was to be contacted for details about the return of the product. A replacement unit was to be given upon the return of the said hoverboards.
iLive Self-Balancing Scooters/HoverboardsThe recall date for this product is November 14, 2017, while the recall number is 18-030. These can be identified for their model numbers GSB65BUC, GSB56DC, and GSB56WC which are placed at the bottom of each unit. You can also identify it by the iLive’ logo at the mid area of the upper surface, beneath the top deck and also where the scooter faces the ground. These were available in the colors red, black, blue, gold and white while some came with a cover case which was black in color. The lithium-ion battery used to power this hoverboard posed a risk of overheating and catching fire. It was available at the Ace Hardware and hhgregg stores which are nationwide, online and also Heartland America catalogs. They were available from April 2016 to March 2017. Unfortunately, a report regarding the battery overheating and consequently smoking was reported. Luckily, no one was injured. Users were advised against the further use of this hoverboard and asked to contact Digital Products for further info on getting a replacement. Although hoverboards seem to be trendy and also come in handy in facilitating mobility, it is advisable that one takes caution and runs a thorough background check to determine if the product previously posed health risks to its users, a thorough product review before purchase will work in your favor. Editors notes:
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