April 13, 2020 — Amazon Inc. has agreed to pay a confidential settlement after a hoverboard fire destroyed a $1 million house in Tennessee.
Amazon was hit with a lawsuit in 2016 from a wealthy family in Nashville, Tennessee, who demanded $30 million after a counterfeit hoverboard burnt their house down and nearly killed their children.
The fire was allegedly started by a defective counterfeit Fiturbo F1 hoverboard that was purchased on Amazon.com for $274.79 in November 2015.
The family gave the hoverboard to their 13-year-old son for Christmas. On January 9, the parents left two of their children home alone. When they returned, the house was engulfed in flames.
The children were saved in a dramatic rescue, but the fire completely destroyed their $1 million house, plus $900,000 in property.
The family filed a lawsuit, seeking compensation for their property, as well as long-term injuries and severe psychological effects. The case was set for trial this November.
Instead, both sides entered mediation and Amazon agreed to pay the family a confidential settlement, according to Law360.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee — In RE: Fox et al. v. Amazon.com Inc. et al. — Case number 3:16-cv-03013.
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