Nearly 90% of all Hoverboards imported into Britain since the middle of October have been seized because they could explode.
Retailers were stocking up before the holiday shopping season, anticipating the self-propelled two-wheeled device would be one of the most popular gifts this year.
But safety officials have impounded 15,000 of the self-balancing scooters because a faulty plug "increases the risk of the device overheating, exploding or catching fire," the U.K. National Trading Standards said in a statement.
There have been reported hoverboards catching fire here in the U.S. as well. In one instance, a family lost their home to a fire due to a Hoverboard that was charging was plugged in. A video online that has gone viral shows a Hoverboard on fire on a sidewalk.
New York State has already banned the boards. California, on the other hand, has made Hoverboards legal to use on bike paths starting January 1.
Enthusiasts say the board doesn't go fast enough to be covered by bans on unlicensed motorized vehicles.
What happens if you or a loved one were to get injured on a Hoverboard due to it being defective? What rights would you have?
The legal classification would be “product liability”. There are two types of claims:
1. Design defect; or
2. Manufacturing defect.
If proven, along with the company’s knowledge of the danger, a case for negligence is very strong. At that point, proving your damages (medical bills, lost wages, injuries, pain, and suffering, etc..) would entitle an injured person to monetary damages in a lawsuit or court of law.
Hoverboards look fun, but right now, do not look worth the risk. Let’s hope that no one gets hurt and that the manufacturer corrects these dangers for this product soon.