Half a Million ‘Hoverboards’ Recalled Due to Fire Risk

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More than 500,000 self-balancing scooters are being recalled due to fire hazards related to the products’ lithium ion batteries, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.

The recall covers Chinese-made hoverboards from eight manufacturers, including 267,000 of the Swagway brand. According to the CPSC, the models’ battery packs could overheat and smoke or catch fire and even explode.

“We are urging consumers to act quickly. We’ve concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed.”

To date, there have been almost 100 accidents officially reported, ranging from burns to property damage.

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