US Government Doesn’t Think Highly Of Those Damn Hoverboards

Tired of the hoverboard phase? Don’t worry, turns out, the U.S. Government doesn’t think so highly of this gadget, either.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out a message to hoverboard importers and retailers on Thursday, alerting them to the fact that many hoverboards pose a high safety risk to customers.

“Self-balancing scooters that do not meet these voluntary safety standards pose an unreasonable risk of fire to consumers,” the CPSC wrote. “Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self- balancing scooters ignite and burn.”

Hoverboards are get caught on fire.

There have been over 50 hoverboard-related accidents since December alone — which, the CPSC reports, resulted in “over $2 million in property damage, including the destruction of two homes and an automobile.”

The CPSC urges retailers to “comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards.” If retailers fail to meet such requirements, they may “seek detention and/or seizure,” as well as a recall of the products themselves.

 

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So its best to avoid these for the time being. At worst, you could find yourself spontaneously combusting. At best, you could end up experiencing this level of humiliation:

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