Hoverboard makers could soon get hit with recalls if they don’t get their act together. That’s the warning the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued to manufacturers, importers and retailers in a letter dated Feb. 18.
The letter warned if safety standards aren’t met, the agency will issue recalls.
Gearing up for a possible recall
The boards have made headlines for months with news that some models prone to catching fire and exploding.
Hoverboards have been banned in some capacity from multiple universities. Several airlines have also banned the boards on flights because of their batteries.
The CPSC letter is asking all manufacturers, importers and retailers to make sure that all boards are UL-certified and that all lithium ion batteries comply with the UN/DOT 38.3 Transport of Dangerous Goods for Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries.
‘We believe that many of the reported incidents, and the related unreasonable risk of injuries and deaths associated with fires in these products would be prevented if all such products were manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary safety standards,’ the letter reads.
From Christmas 2015 through to just shortly after Valentine’s Day 2016, the CPSC received reports of 52 hoverboard fires in 24 states. The total damage done to property — which included the destruction of two homes and one automobile — has been calculated at $2 million.