Last Updated on December 16, 2019 by Danielle
500K Hoverboards recalled because of safety issues.
You may recall that last year hoverboards were one of the most popular Christmas toys. Toys may seem like fun and games but safety is of utmost importance when it comes to toys. The U.S. government has issued a recall of over 500,000 hoverboards because of reports of fires and safety warnings. This massive recall impacts 10 manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was responsible for leading the charge with this recall effort.
In fact, many of the biggest hoverboard brands were impacted. This includes Swagway, Razor, Airwalk, and many more. Some of the popular models impacted include, but are not limited, to the Hovertrax, Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter, iMoto, Hype Roam, Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, Hover Shark, NWS, X Glider and X Rider.
Retailers such as Overstock.com have recalled hoverboards as have other retailers.
The CPSC has cited risks with the lithium-ion battery packs, as they may overheat, posing a risk of catching on fire or exploding. Consequently, consumers are advised to immediately cease usage of recalled products. They may contact the recalling company for a full refund, free repair, or free replacement.
CPSC suggests consumers purchasing hoverboards certified as safe by Underwriters Labs (UL).
The Swagtron T1 or T3 model is a suggested replacement for the Swagway. There are replacements for the Airwalk, Powerboard, Hype Roam, and Hovertrax. For all others, you should seek a full refund from either the manufacturer or retailer.
Interestingly, the recall hits just as fears have begun to wane and manufacturers have been delivering UL-certified devices. According to CPSC, almost 100 hoverboard battery-related incidents have resulted in injury and over $2 million worth of property damage.
For some this recall news is welcome but since the investigation is ongoing – more recalls could be issued in the future.