Hoverboards Are Officially Unsafe, Says The U.S. Government
Thursday U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sent out an official notice to calling for new hoverboard safety regulations, after concluding their recent investigation into the popular and dangerous product. Retailers, manufacturers and importers alike will be forced to follow these harsher rules or risk facing civil and criminal penalties. The notice also applies to self-balancing scooters, including single-wheel devices.
The CPSC is urging all participating parties to remove hoverboards from the market voluntarily until they are evaluated for safety and certified by UL, an independent testing firm that recently created a new testing protocol to address hoverboard safety. Any hoverboards currently on the market with the UL logo aren’t actually certified by updated standards, which should be pretty scary for anyone on one.
“This is us drawing a line in the sand and a notice for the entire hoverboard community,” Elliot F. Kaye, the chairman of the CPSC, told Mashable. He hopes this will be enough to urge stop sales on hoverboards until they are evaluated. If not, he warned that, “all options remain on the table, including legal action.”
From December 1 to February 14 of this year, the CPSC reported 52 hoverboard fires and over $2 million in resulting property damage. But if you absolutely have to have one, you might be a little safer holding out a few months.
Let that be a lesson to us all: Life should never emulate the sequel to “Back To The Future.”