Since the movie Back to the Future II presented the idea in 1989, the release of the long-awaited hoverboard has resulted in many ER trips, dangerous spills, and even a few bursting into flames for no apparent reason.
CNN Money reports that there are already lawsuits in the works – one in Alabama was filed after the hoverboard caused a fire in a private home. Another case, in New York, is seeking class action status against the hoverboard maker Swagway as a result of their product catching fire while charging in his home.
Current reports state that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 22 hoverboard fires in 17 states. This has led many college campuses throughout the country, including Boston University, to ban the boards from all campus buildings amid fire fears. Other universities that have made similar prohibitions include Boston College, Emerson College, George Washington University, and the University of South Carolina, among others. More are expected – at least until a determination has been made about hoverboard safety.
Some are blaming the fire hazard on inferior or counterfeit lithium-ion batteries that are often used in knock-off products. In addition to fires occurring with the hoverboards, there are at least two reports of the board exploding: one in New Jersey and another in Louisiana.
While many eyes are focused on the fire risk, there are also substantial personal injury risks related to falls from hoverboards. These risks include traumatic brain injuries (particularly among those not wearing helmets), spinal cord injuries, and more.
In the instance of the Swagway suit, the CNN Money report claims the company will “vigorously defend” itself against the lawsuit. That may be the case with many companies who create hoverboards. But, considering the risk factors associated with riding hoverboards, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney if you or someone you love has been injured by falling off a hoverboard – or if you have suffered property damage as a result of one catching on fire. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth is happy to consult with you to determine whether or not you have a possible case against your hoverboard manufacturer. Call today to schedule your consultation.