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Hoverboard Lawsuit

Hoverboard Lawsuit

Over 500,000 hoverboards have been recalled and there are 300+ reports of batteries overheating or exploding into flames. In 2017, a hoverboard caused a house fire that killed 2 children.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was burned by an exploding hoverboard, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Amazon Pays Hoverboard Lawsuit Settlement After House Fire

In April 2020, Amazon Inc. agreed to pay a confidential settlement to a wealthy family from Nashville, Tennessee, whose $1 million house was completely destroyed by a hoverboard fire. The fire was allegedly started by a counterfeit Fiturbo F1 hoverboard. Click here to read more.

New High-Tech X1-5 Hoverboard Linked to Fire Hazard — Has Fake UL Holographic Label

In February 2020, safety officials warned consumers not to charge or use the New High-Tech X1-5 Hoverboard because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and catch on fire.

There was 1 report of a battery overheating and smoking, but the manufacturer refused to recall the hoverboard. It is also called the “NHT Hoverboard Self-Balancing Scooter” and it is sold by New High-Tech Enterprises, Inc.

The hoverboard has a fake holographic UL label on the bottom, but it is not actually UL-listed or compliant with the UL 2272 safety certification, according to the safety warning posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

List of Hoverboard Recalls

Deadly Fire Linked to LayZ Board Hoverboard

Officials have evidence that a LayZ Board hoverboard sparked a house fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that killed two young girls in March 2017. The fire started at around 8 p.m. on Friday night as the hoverboard was charging near the front door of the house. Over 3,000 LayZ Board hoverboards were sold in the United States. Click here to read more.

Swagway Class Action Lawsuit

Hoverboard Fire Lawsuit

In December 2015, a man from New York filed a class action lawsuit (PDF) against Swagway and Modell’s Sporting Goods after his hoverboard exploded after 45 minutes of charging and burned down part of his house — In Re: Michael Brown v. Swagway LLCCase No. 3:15-cv-00588.

What is a Hoverboard?

Hoverboards, also known as “self-balancing scooters,” are two-wheeled vehicles that are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The rider stands on a platform between the wheels and moves by leaning forward or backward.

Hoverboard Explosions

Lithium-ion batteries pack a lot of power in a small size, making them ideal for hoverboards. They also contain extremely flammable chemicals that can ignite and cause fires or explosions when the battery overheats. There have been many reports of hoverboard batteries burning down houses while charging or catching on fire underfoot.

What Causes Lithium-Ion Batteries to Explode?

  • Overcharging
  • Using incompatible chargers
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Physical damage or being crushed
  • Contact with metal (keys, coins, etc.)
  • Hot temperatures

Over 500K Hoverboards Recalled for Explosion Risk

In July 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled over 500,000 hoverboards after receiving 99 reports of batteries overheating, sparking, smoking, catching on fire, or exploding. The worst offenders included:

  • Swagway X1 Smartboard: 42 hoverboard explosions or battery fires; 16 reports of severe burn injuries (leg, neck, and arm) or property damage.
  • Hoverboard Powerboards: 27 reports of fires, sparking, or overheating; 1 report of property damage. Hoverboards were mostly sold at mall kiosks.
  • Digital Gadgets Hover-Way: 17 reports of batteries overheating; 2 burn injuries; 2 reports of property damage. Hoverboards sold on QVC’s home shopping TV channel.

Vecaro Hoverboard Recall

In March 2017, a recall was issued for about 600 Vecaro LifeStyle hoverboards after 3 reports of the lithium-ion batteries overheating and smoking. The recall involves:

  • Verona Glide65
  • Drift8
  • Trek10

Hoverboard Class Action Lawsuit

Class actions  have been filed against hoverboard manufacturers, but not by people who were severely burned. These class action lawsuits are seeking refunds for everyone who bought a dangerous hoverboard. If compensation is awarded, everyone in the class action will share the payout.

Instead of a class action, our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits for people who were injured by a hoverboard explosion or fire. We specialize in helping victims of defective products seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, permanent injuries, and more.

Do I have a Hoverboard Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was burned by an exploding hoverboard, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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