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Hoverboard Lawsuit

Hoverboard Lawsuit

Hoverboard explosions have been linked to dozens of burn injuries and at least 60 fires that caused over $2 million in property damage. Over 500,000 hoverboards were recalled in mid-2016 after 99 reports of batteries overheating or bursting into flames.

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.

Swagway Class Action 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.

List of Hoverboard Recalls

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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