Hoverboards have gained a lot of popularity over the last several years. However, hoverboards have received significant bad press due to causing fires and explosions. While there have been recalls of dangerous products by hoverboard manufacturers and vendors, hoverboards are still proving to be a fire hazard throughout the United States. A hoverboard related fire or accident can be very serious, and it can result in property damage, serious injury, or even death.
If you have been injured by a hoverboard or another defective product, you will need a skilled attorney to help you seek compensation. Defective product accidents, such as those involving hoverboards, require a great deal of investigating by an experienced attorney in order to discover the exact cause of the accident.
How a Hoverboard Catches Fire
A hoverboard is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is similar to the battery powering your cell phone or laptop computer, but is much larger. Unlike smartphones and laptops, hoverboards are often manufactured by companies and technicians with minimal technical expertise, which can result in numerous product defects. These defects become explosive when paired with a large lithium-ion battery.
The batteries on your hoverboard include extremely flammable chemicals that can explode in the following circumstances:
- If they or other parts of the device have been damaged, even slightly
- After being overcharged
- If there is a manufacturer’s defect on the battery or device
- When in contact with outside metals
- If they are used with incompatible chargers
- After overheating due to use or exposure to high temperatures
There have been many reported fires over the last few years attributed to faulty hoverboards. These fires have often happened while the board was charging and has caused significant property damage.
In addition, many accidents have occurred while the boards are in use causing serious physical injuries. In fact, in March of 2017 a hoverboard caused a fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that killed two children.
Over the last several years there have been over 500,000 hoverboards recalled. However, hoverboard explosions and fires still remain an issue. One of the main problems with hoverboards is that they are manufactured by a number of companies primarily in China. With the manufacturer companies overseas, there is often a lack of communication between these companies, product vendors, government regulators, and consumers in the United States. Industry experts have noted that some of the shortcomings of the hoverboard recalls include:
- Hoverboard regulation is slow to keep up to the dangers of the product. This can be due to the fact that they are regulated as toys, and not powerful devices such as other powerful electronics or tools that can be dangerous if defective.
- Their sudden popularity resulted in unlicensed and unregulated manufacturers creating counterfeit hoverboards that they have tried to sell online. These ripoffs are often poorly made and can be very dangerous.
- People have become used to having battery powered devices in their lives, and therefore proper safety practices are often overlooked.
A Lawyer Can Help You After A Serious Hoverboard Fire Or Accident
While your hoverboard can be fun, it can also be a dangerous fire hazard. Seeking compensation for an injury caused by a product defect requires investigating the technology in question and negotiating with manufacturers and insurance companies. For this reason, it’s important to seek experienced legal help as soon as possible if you or a loved one have been hurt by a defective product.
To learn more about compensation available for those injured by defective hoverboards, contact our Chicago product liability lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 for a free case assessment.