Pennsylvania Hoverboard Accident Kills Child
A 3-year-old girl died over the weekend when a hoverboard caught fire in her home in Pennsylvania. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission previously recalled 10 different brands of the re-chargeable “self-balancing scooter” in July 2016, after approximately 100 reports of burns and property damage caused by hoverboard fires. The recall affected over 500,000 hoverboards. A spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated that consumers should purchase hoverboards that comply with UL2272, and offered three additional safety tips: 1) do not charge them overnight; 2) do not charge them in an unmonitored location; and, 3) always have a fire extinguisher nearby.
Injuries caused by a product defect can sometimes result in a lawsuit against a manufacturer or seller. Parents whose children were injured should consult an experienced product liability attorney to determine their rights under the law.
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