Hoverboard Fire Hazards and Injuries
Hoverboards were the hot holiday gift in 2015, holding a top spot on the Christmas lists of many teenagers and young adults. These riding devices are a sort of cross between a skateboard and a hands free segway, appearing to hover over the ground while balancing the rider on two wheels. Even before the holidays, reports had begun to come in regarding the dangers posed by this latest must-have technological device, and the new year has brought a rash of news reports regarding accidental injuries and potential dangers posed by the product. If you or someone you love has purchased a hoverboard or received one as a present it is important to know the serious safety risks this product poses.
U.S. Customs Seizes Tens of Thousands of Hoverboards
According to a February 2016 report on Hoverboard dangers from PC World, United States Customs and Border Patrol has seized tens of thousands of hoverboards over the last month due to copyright infringement problems concerning the batteries contained within the devices. Many of the Samsung labeled batteries were found to be unauthorized and counterfeit, claims that are particularly relevant to consumers considering increasing reports of fire hazards due to the batteries and charging systems. According to a CNN news report on hoverboards in late January 2016, hoverboard-related fires have been reported in 21 states, and while the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the fire threats posed by this product, online retailer Amazon has stopped selling hoverboards and is now offering customers who previously purchased the device on their site full refunds.
Concerns over fire risks have prompted hoverboards to be banned from most major airlines, as well as on college campuses and in dorms across the country. Locally, the devices have been banned on the University of Florida campus, and WUFT news in Gainesville reported that Hoverboards will be banned from buses within the Gainesville public transportation system due to public safety concerns effective February 1st.
Hoverboard-Related Injuries Surge In Florida
It is not only the risk of fire hazard that has people concerned over the dangers posed by hoverboards. According to NBC news reports, hoverboard injuries have been soaring across the Sunshine State. In South Florida, doctors report seeing increasing amounts of patients with serious conditions related to falls and collisions while riding hoverboards. In the weeks immediately before and after the 2015 holiday, doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital treated over 50 patients for potentially severe injuries from hoverboards, including the following:
- Broken bones, including spinal fractures;
- Muscle strains, sprains, and tears;
- Facial cuts and lacerations; and
- Head injuries, including concussions.
Let Us Assist You
If you or someone you care about has suffered hoverboard-related injuries, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III. Defective products can result in serious damages, and our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers can advise you on how to hold manufacturers and distributors responsible for the damage their products have caused. Our office serves all of the entire Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, and can provide the effective, efficient legal representation you need, while helping you get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation.