Hoverboard

Recalled hoverboard. Image courtesy of CPSC.

More than 500,000 hoverboards have been recalled from 10 companies and retailers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The hazard is in the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters, which may overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, or exploding.

There have already been 99 reported incidents of the battery packs overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire, and exploding, which led to burn injuries and property damage in some cases. The CPSC is urging consumers to contact the recalling companies through their call centers and websites to get a full refund, free replacement, or free repair, depending on the model of the hoverboard.

All of the recalled hoverboards were manufactured in China and were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide and online retailers from June 2015 though May 2016 priced between $350 and $900. Manufactures recalling the hoverboards include Digital Gadgets LLC, Hoverboard LLC, Hype Wireless, Keenford Ltd., PTX Performance Products USA, Razor USA LLC, Swagway LLC, and Yuka Clothing. Retailers Boscov’s and Overstock.com have also stopped selling the items.

Click here to view the models of the recalled hoverboards.