Everyone wants a hoverboard. While the technology isn’t there for the kind of actual hoverboard everyone wants, the Marty McFly special, there’s a good fill-in product on the market right now. They’re called hoverboards, and they’re basically scooters that you control with your feet, hovering without hovering. Well, there’s a little issue with them, and that’s the fact that they’re not safe. If you’re not falling off of them, you’re blowing yourself up while trying to ride them. The federal government has finally said that all hoverboards are not safe.
Since hoverboards became a thing, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been studying them. There have been a staggering 52 fire incidents related to hoverboards, causing over $2 million in damage. Still, every day, more hoverboards are imported from China, and they might not meet new safety standards concerning batteries and chargers that have put people at risk until now.
However, there’s not a recall yet; customers who already own hoverboards are encouraged to contact the manufacturer or retailer to determine safety. Until then, however, companies are pretty much on their own for testing their products for safety, and consumers should probably be pretty careful with what they get and where they get it from.
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