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Hoverboard Safety Concerns Grow as Problems Mount

Hoverboard Safety Concerns Grow as Problems Mount

Hoverboards — self-balancing, two-wheeled electric boards that look like a skateboard — were the fad of the 2015 holiday season.

But safety officials and consumer groups are warning the public to think twice before purchasing the popular gadgets. In recent weeks there have been numerous reports of the boards sparking fires, including one in Boca Raton, Florida that ignited while an 11-year-old girl was riding it.

Days earlier, a Louisiana woman reported that when her son went to recharge his “Fit Turbo” hoverboard, sparks shot out and fire engulfed the room.

Faulty plugs, found mostly on less expensive models, present a risk of overheating, resulting in a fire, according to the National Trading Standards.

Technology website CNET explains that there are a wide variety of price points and hoverboard models, ranging from about a few hundred dollars to $1,500. Consumers, they advise, should steer clear of models that cost under $300 as they tend to have weaker motors and lower quality batteries.

Amazon and eBay offered the largest hoverboard selection, but also the most knockoffs, which are reportedly more apt to explode. CNN reported in mid-December that Amazon pulled 97 percent of the self-balancing scooters from its digital shelves.

One manufacturer, Swagway, told the network that Amazon contacted sellers asking for proof that their gadgets “are compliant with applicable safety standards.”

Both New York City and London have outlawed hoverboards.

Newsome Melton senior partner Rich Newsome is a nationally recognized products liability expert who has won numerous multi-million dollar awards on behalf of injured consumers. He is also a leading voice in the fight for product safety in both Washington D.C. and his home state of Florida.

Best Buy Recalls Over 5,000 ATG Replacement Batteries For The MacBook Pro Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

Best Buy Recalls Over 5,000 ATG Replacement Batteries For The MacBook Pro Due To Fire and Burn Hazards

Over the past few months, the CPSC has issued numerous recalls due to fire and burn hazards, including the massive recall of 355,000 Optimus Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz Electric Space Heaters. The heaters, which were sold at Best Buy Market Place and other retailers, feature a design that can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that may come in contact with the unit.

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Carbon Fiber Bikes May Be Susceptible To Sudden Failure

Carbon Fiber Bikes May Be Susceptible To Sudden Failure

In recent years, major bike manufacturers have issued numerous recalls of carbon fiber bikes and parts due to sudden failure that can have catastrophic results.  Carbon fiber remains a popular choice among riders and manufacturers because it is less than one-quarter the weight of steel with similar stiffness.  However, many major bike brands have their carbon fiber bicycle components manufactured in China and Taiwan, which may not uphold the U.S. national safety standards.

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Eight Models Of Cub Cadet Commercial Lawn Mowers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Eight Models Of Cub Cadet Commercial Lawn Mowers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Families that use lawn mowers on a frequent basis can forget how dangerous these high-powered machines really are.  They’re heavy and contain sharp, fast-moving blades that easily cut through grass.   In recent years, the necessity of the “No Mow In Reverse” safety device has been made readily apparent by incidents such as the 2004 case of the Bainter family’s lawn accident in which a child was injured when his father backed up the lawn mower and caused catastrophic injuries to his son.

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