Hoverboards could be recalled if safety standards not met

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Hoverboards could be recalled if safety standards not met
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Read more: After fires and injuries, just how safe are hoverboards?

Gearing up for a possible recall

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.

Read more: Amazon offering refunds on all hoverboards amid safety concerns

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