A hoverboard is a hands-free, motorized scooter that has two wheels attached to a small platform.
It was the hottest and hardest-to-get gift for the 2015 holiday season.
Fractures, sprains, strains, lacerations, contusions, and head/brain injuries from the device overwhelmed doctors and emergency rooms during and after the holiday season.
Although certain components of hoverboards may be UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certified, there are currently no certified hoverboards.
There is a high preponderance of fires associated with hoverboards.
Many cities like New York have banned hoverboards and have enacted stiff penalties or fines if caught using the device.
Even cities that have not banned them outright have enacted laws about the use requirements of the device.
Several airlines have banned travelling with a hoverboard due to the large lithium-ion batteries that can pose a fire danger.
Several colleges and universities have either banned hoverboards outright or put out restrictions regarding the device.
Small hoverboard wheels do not work well on uneven surfaces which can cause falls and injuries.
Different weights for different users can cause the device to speed up or lurch unexpectedly and cause injury from a fall.
The Lithium-ion batteries that it runs on could overheat or short-circuit leading it to catch on fire and cause injury. Also, these batteries are more prone to catch fire when bumped around a lot.
Suggested Safety Recommendations:
For falling injuries:
For fire issues:
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