Over 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled Over Fires And Explosions

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One of the latest crazes in the last year has been the two wheeled motorized scooter called the hoverboard. They were one of the hottest items during the holiday season but today many airlines and colleges have banned them.

More than half a million hoverboards are being recalled after reports that some overheated, burned riders and damaged property.

The U.S. regulator announced this week that 99 reports have been sent to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of hoverboard battery packs that exploded or caught fire. At least 18 injuries were reported including burns to the neck, legs or arms, according to the CPSC, as well as property damage.

The CPSC had warned hoverboard makers and retailers earlier this year that they had to follow newly-created safety requirements or face recalls.

The CPSC has said that owners should stop using the recalled hoverboards and return them for a full refund, free repair or a free replacement.

The recalled hoverboards were made by 10 companies that include Swagway LLC and Keenford Ltd. The boards were sold online and in major stores nationwide between June 2015 and May 2016 and cost as much as $900.

Swagway had the most recalled hoverboards with 267,000. Others in the recall include 84,000 of Keenford’s iMoto hoverboards; 70,000 of Hoverboard LLC’s Powerboard and 28,000 of Razor USA’s Hovertrax.