CPSC investigates hoverboards due to fire risks
Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 1:35 pm
Experts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are conducting an investigation after being notified of several incidents of hoverboards catching fire in some parts of the U.S.
Reports said CPSC engineers are currently investigating brand new and damaged hoverboards in their Maryland testing facility in order to determine the exact cause of these fires. A statement from CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye assured consumers that their teams are working to find the answer quickly. “We know this is a popular product during this holiday season, and we are doing everything possible to determine if consumers are at risk,” Kaye said.
Kaye also mentioned the high rate of fall-related injuries associates with these devices in his statement and warned consumers to be wary of those dangers as well. The CPSC recommends taking several precautions, including wearing proper safety gear and avoiding heavy vehicle traffic, while operating hoverboards. Consumers are urged to notify CPSC about any accidents that are caused by hoverboards. See the CPSC website for a list of safety tips and precautions.
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