Hoverboard Lawsuits

Hoverboard Lawsuits

There have been new Hoverboard lawsuits filed over the holidays by consumers whose hoverboards have exploded causing injury and property damage. A lawsuit was recently filed in Indiana against hoverboard maker Swagway after his hoverboard caught fire. The family opened the hoverboard box and plugged it into an electrical outlet. About 45 minutes later, the hoverboard bursts into flames. Fire fighters arrived on the scene due to the hoverboard fire. The hoverboard lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit claims that these Swagway hoverboards are "defectively designed." There was another Alabama Hoverboard lawsuit filed against Hoverboards Huntsville after their hoverboard caught fire.

After the increase in Hoverboard lawsuits, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced they have started an investigation into Hoverboard fires. In addition the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 16 fires in 12 states due to Hoverboards. There is no label on the hoverboard boxes that alert consumers that these hoverboards may explode. Some airlines are banning hoverboard from flights due to the risk of explosion. The following airlines have banned Hoverboards: American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines. Hoverboards use lithium ion batteries which may be the root of the explosion problem. Lithium ion batteries are also used in E-Cigarettes, which has also seen a rash of new E-Cigarette Lawsuits.

US Government to Recall Hoverboards?

On Feb 18th, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) sent a letter to manufacturers, importers, and dealers of hoverboards saying that anyone caught selling uncertified hoverboards would face both criminal and civil charges. There have been a rash of hoverboard injuries and property damage from fires and explosions caused by the hoverboards. Part of the letter reads: "Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn."

In the report the CPSC states they have recieved 52 reports of fires caused by hoverboard explosions. They state that one home was completely destroyed by a hoverboard fire.

In addition the CPSC states they may call for a full HoverBoard Recall of the hoverboards that not meet safety standards. The problem with this is that the majority of hoverboards don't reach safety standards due to loose regulations. You can read the the letter that was sent by the CPSC below.

Self-balancing Scooter Letter EXC 02182016 Final

Hoverboards have spiked in popularity this year with millions of dollars in sales. The science behind the Hoverboard fires is fairly easy to understand. Hoverboards use lithium ion batteries similar to what you would have in a cell phone or your laptop. The problem is that lithium ion batteries might be defective and tiny shards of metal can cause it to explode. In an interview with Wired, Carnegie Mellon University materials science professor Jay Whitacre explained hoverboard exploding by stating "When this happens, especially when the batteries are charged, a lot of heat is generated inside the cells and this leads to electrolyte boiling, the rupture of the cell casing, and then a significant fire." Despite claims from Hoverboard makers claiming the boards are safe because the hoverboards are UL-certified because they have a UL-certified battery and a UL-certified charger. That is not accurate, as explained by UL consumer safety director John Drengenberg, saying "There are presently no UL-certified hoverboards."

"Saturday Night Live" recently did a skit based on the rash of Hoverboard explosions.

How to File a Hoverboard Lawsuit

If you have suffered injuries or property damage due to a hoverboard catching on fire, you may entitled to compensation. There is no current Hoverboard Fire Class Action at this time, but we are interested in individual Hoverboard lawsuits. Please include the brand of the hoverboard that caught fire when completing the Free Hoverboard Lawsuit Evaluation form to the right. Hoverboard lawyers work on a contingency basis which means there is no out of pocket expenses to file a hoverboard lawsuit. The Hoverboard lawyers only get a percentage of whatever they recover for you via a jury ruling or a hoverboard settlement.

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