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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 14, 2017

Second house fire prompts another warning from CPSC to stop using LayZ Board hoverboards

By Susan Engstrom

Following a second house fire that resulted in extensive property damage, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters, known as hoverboards, immediately. In addition, as reported in today’s issue of Products Liability Law Daily, the CPSC has notified consumers that seven other brands of hoverboards have been recalled for fire and explosion risks (CPSC News Release, No. 18-033, November 14, 2017).

According to an agency news release, there is evidence that LayZ Board was the brand of hoverboard involved in a fire on October 23, 2017, in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, that destroyed one townhome and damaged four others. In May 2017, the CPSC issued its first warning about LayZ Board hoverboards after a house fire on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, claimed the lives of two young girls [see Products Liability Law Daily’s May 2, 2017 analysis].

The LayZ Board hoverboards were manufactured in China, and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States. Because of the fire hazard posed by these hoverboards, the agency is urging the public to stop charging and to stop using their LayZ Board. Consumers who wish to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery, the CPSC advised. Further, consumers should report any incidents with the product to the agency at: www.saferproducts.gov.

The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet and does not have a handlebar. The name LayZ Board is printed on the front of the product. CPSC noted that its safety warning applies to LayZ Board hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards.

The other companies issuing hoverboard recalls today are: Drone Nerds Inc. (CPSC Recall No. 18-027); Four Star Imports, recalling Go Wheels hoverboards (CPSC Recall No. 18-028); Simplified Wireless, recalling iHoverspeed hoverboards (CPSC Recall No. 18-029); Digital Products International Inc., recalling certain models of iLive hoverboards (CPSC Recall No. 18-030); Tech Drift (CPSC Recall No. 18-031); Dollar Mania, recalling certain models of Sonic Smart Wheels hoverboards (CPSC Recall No. 18-032); and Salvage World, recalling Smart Balance Wheel hoverboards (CPSC Recall No. 18-034). Further information on these other hoverboard recalls may be found in today’s Products Liability Law Daily.

Companies: LayZ Board, Inc.

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