Hoverboards were a popular gift item this season, but how safe are they?
Some consumers have reported their hoverboards catching fire while charging or while in use. There is also a significant risk for falling. Emergency rooms have seen serious injuries such as fractures, concussions, and internal organ damage due to hoverboard falls.
What is a Hoverboard?
If you’re a fan of the “Back to the Future” films, you probably remember the levitating hoverboards. The hoverboards that are on the market do not actually levitate. Instead these devices work similarly to Segways (without the handlebars), moving based upon your movements. Rather than facing sideways as you would on a skateboard, you face forward while riding.
Using hoverboards requires quick actions and balance. Mounting the board can be especially difficult since the board begins moving the instant you step on and there is no handlebar that allows you to balance yourself. You may also hear hoverboards referred to as self-balancing scooters, smart boards, or balance boards.
How Can I Reduce Risk of Injury?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently researching the safety of hoverboards. If you or a loved one received a hoverboard this holiday season and want to continue to use it, here are some safety tips to help you reduce the risk of a problem.
- Do not charge the board when you are not able to observe it. Several reported fires have occurred during the charging process.
- Charge and store the hoverboard in an open dry area such as a garage. Keep it away from any items that could catch on fire.
- Do not ride the hoverboard on the road or near cars.
- After riding the hoverboard, let it cool for at least an hour before charging it.
- When purchasing a hoverboard, be sure that you know who is selling it and how to contact the company if an issue should arise.
- Wear safety gear while riding the hoverboard. A helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards can help reduce your risk of serious injury.
What Do I Do If I’ve Been Injured By a Hoverboard?
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective hoverboard, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.