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This article was published on February 19, 2016

Faulty hoverboards caused $2M of damage in just 2 months – including burning down homes

Faulty hoverboards caused $2M of damage in just 2 months – including burning down homes
Kirsty Styles
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Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

An investigation by the US consumer safety watchdog has found hoverboards caused $2 million of damage from December last year to February – including “the destruction of two homes and an automobile.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission launched an inquiry in 2015 after alarms were raised and has now sent a letter to makers, importers and sellers urging them to meet voluntary safety standards.

“Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn,” the letter says.

Although not ordering a recall at present, the letter sent by Robert Howell from the CPSC has said non-compliant hoverboard shipments will be seized at import or recalled if found already on sale in the US.

➤ Consumer Product Safety Commission