Investigation Underway into the Potential Risks & Dangers associated with Hoverboards, CPSC Announces
Hoverboard fever seems to have swept the nation, as these boards have provided a new, futuristic way for people to have fun and get around. While the hoverboard craze seems to be in full swing, however, regulators are taking a closer look at the potential risks and dangers associated with these boards.
In fact, according to officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), safety regulators are now “actively investigating the safety of hoverboards” made or sold by more than 10 different companies. These investigations have been triggered by “dozens” of consumer reports submitted to the CSPC regarding hoverboard fires and fall-related injuries.
Hoverboard Companies Now Under Investigation by CPSC
The specific brands of hoverboards (and associated companies) that are now the focus of an in-depth CPSC investigation are as follows:
- Smart Balance Wheel (from One Stop Electronic Inc.)
- Smart Balance Wheel Scooter (from Glide Boards)
- Hover-way Hands-Free Electric (from Digital Gadgets LLC)
- Swagway Hands-Free Smart Board (from Swagway LLC)
- Smart Balance Board (from I Lean Hoverboards)
- E-Rover-Mini Smart Balance Scooter (from LeCam Technology)
- Smart Balance Wheels (from Kateeskitty)
- iMOTO (from Keenford Limited)
- Smart Balance Wheel (from Luxiyan and Uwheels)
- E-Rover Smart Balance Wheel.
According to the CPSC, part of its investigations will involve engineer-supervised testing on hoverboards at the National Product Testing & Evaluation Center, based in Rockville, MD.
Commenting on the ongoing investigation, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye has stated:
As we move forward with our investigation of the fall and fire hazards relating to hoverboards, all options remain on the table for CPSC. The federal government continues to work in close coordination on this serious issue. Officials from CPSC, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are regularly sharing information and insights with a common goal of taking whatever steps are necessary to prevent injuries and property damage from fires and falls.
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