It’s the hottest item on people’s Christmas lists this year: the wildly popular hoverboard. These hands-free Segways are becoming popular with young and old alike. With increased popularity have come increasing reports of injury.
Originally, a small handful of companies released this product with a hefty price tag to go along with it. However, as time passes, many companies have started producing more cost-effective versions that can be purchased for as low as $150. As more of this product enters the market, safety concerns have begun to rise.
These hoverboards are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which can be a grave safety hazard if they are defective. Increasing reports are surfacing, showing faulty devices catching fire while they are charging or even when someone is riding them.
While some suppliers such as Amazon are taking precaution and pulling hoverboards from their inventory until quality assurance measures can be shown to distributors, it is still up to the consumer to make educated decisions about product purchases and their safety. Please practice vigilance and research companies prior to purchasing or using this product.
If a faulty product has affected you, check out our blog on How to Report a Defective Product to ensure the right steps are being taken. If you have recently experienced harm due to a defective product, we recommend you report it as soon as possible. It is crucial that you know your rights and seek legal action to hold manufacturers, retailers, and importers accountable.
Helmets and protective gear are always recommended to prevent injury. If you’re in the San Diego area and have been injured by one of these products, call us for your free consultation: 619-297-5100 or contact us by email.
At the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen, we have a talented and dedicated staff with the expertise to help you get justice for your injury.