Hoverboards Linked to Dangerous Fires and Explosions
One of the most popular gifts for kids and adults alike this Christmas season was a hoverboard—a self-balancing electric scooter that really does not hover like its name suggests. Stores were selling them like crazy, and you may have purchased one too. However, hoverboards have been linked to sudden fires and explosions, raising serious concerns about their safety. Some recently reported incidents include a hoverboard that exploded when it was plugged in and charging at a Louisiana home, burning down the house, and catching on fire in a mall in Washington, forcing shoppers to evacuate. There have been other reports of hoverboards bursting into flames when being ridden—a terrifying prospect, especially for a child.
Why Hoverboards Can Explode or Catch on Fire
Like a cellphone, laptop, or tablet, hoverboards use lithium ion battery packs for their power source. The problem is that many of these batteries are made cheaply in China and can be defective. While investigators are not certain of the causes of fires and explosions, they may be due to one of these reasons:
- The batteries are surrounded by a highly flammable liquid that can heat up and catch fire or explode if the thin separator that divides the positive and negative currents in the battery punctures or is otherwise damaged.
- A defective charger could cause the battery cells to overcharge.
- Charging cables may not be constructed to proper safety standards.
- The cut-off switch that stops the device from overcharging could be defective.
The concern about hoverboard safety is so serious that a number of airlines, including American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United Airlines have banned them on passenger flights. The U.S. Postal Service will no longer deliver them by air. Amazon and Target suspended sales, at least temporarily.
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