Hoverboards were in demand over the 2015 holiday season, with many teenagers and adults alike eager to try out this latest motorized gadget. A hoverboard is a cross between a skateboard and a segway, and while riders appear to be hovering off the ground, they are actually balancing on two wheels, with an attached motor that propels them in whatever direction they wish to go. While hoverboards caused a stir with consumers through the holidays, they have continued to make news in the new year, but for different reasons. Unfortunately, a rash of hoverboard accidents and injuries has resulted in claims against the manufacturers, while talk of product liability lawsuits centers over potentially dangerous defects the product contains. If you or someone you love has purchased a hoverboard or received one as a gift, it is important to be aware of the safety dangers and concerns surrounding this latest craze.
Hoverboard Accidents and Injuries
While hoverboards were the hot seller over the holiday season, a rash of accidental injuries has caused some sellers to remove the product from their shelves. A December 2015 CNN news report on hoverboards states that the increase in injuries has caused online retail giant Amazon.com to stop selling the motorized devices over safety concerns. Injuries caused by hoverboard falls can be serious and potentially disabling, and include the following:
- Muscle strains, sprains and tears;
- Broken bones and fractures;
- Back and neck injuries, including injuries to the spinal cord; and
- Head injuries and concussions, including traumatic brain injury.
Hoverboard Fire Risks
In addition to accidental injuries that can occur while riding hoverboards, there have also been concerns over fire dangers associated with the boards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), hoverboards have come under investigation by the national consumer group due to increased reports of fire hazards and injuries. In addition to concerns over that defects in the product may result in increased dangers of fall injuries, the head of the CPSC also advises that the batteries and charging systems on the boards are also under investigation. The CPSC states that reports of fires associated with hoverboards have come from 22 different states, including South Carolina, and that the boards are now banned from major airlines as well as many college campuses. While most retailers are now offering refunds for customers who purchased the device, the CPSC advises hoverboard owners who continue to use the boards to use caution when charging the devices, to only charge in open spaces away from combustible materials, and to have a working fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or damages due to a defective product, contact our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney. At the Lauren Taylor Law, we provide aggressive legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. We can advise you on the best course of action in your particular case, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Serving Greenville and the surrounding area, call or contact us online today for a free consultation.
Lauren Taylor is a Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the Charlotte School of Law, and has been practicing for several years now. Lauren Taylor relies on her experience and passion to fight for you during this stressful time. Learn more about her experience here.