Hoverboards are suspected of bursting into flames and having started fires, some incidents resulting in serious injuries and damages. The potential danger prompted a recall of 501,000 of the popular motorized balancing scooters in July 2016.
The latest reported incident was fatal. A fire believed ignited by a charging hoverboard killed a toddler and critically injured two others on March 11 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ashanti Hughes, 3, was pronounced dead while two other girls were hospitalized in critical condition. (Read news story)
If you or a loved one were injured in a fire started by a Hoverboard, you should contact Kline & Specter, PC, a Philadelphia-based law firm with a long record of winning multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in product liability cases, many of them against some of the largest corporations in the United States. The firm has more than 40 attorneys, including five who are also medical doctors.
The Hoverboard hazard has come to light over the past few years. A family in Nashville saw their home destroyed in early 2016, with a Hoverboard the suspected cause. This past January, a family in Washington, D.C., was displaced following a fire at their house that was blamed on a hoverboard that caught fire as it was charging. Hoverboard related fires have been reported across the world, including Canada, England and Saudi Arabia.
In July 2016, 501,000 hoverboards were recalled because of the risk of fire or explosions. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that several manufacturers were participating in the recall after receiving at least 99 incident reports of the battery packs in hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire or exploding. Some reports included incidents of burn injuries and property damage.
Contact Kline & Specter if you or someone you know suffered a serious injury as the result of a hoverboard malfunction that resulted in a fire or explosion. We can be reached through this website or by calling 800-243-1100.