The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has on Thursday sent out an official notice to retailers, manufacturers and importers with new hoverboard safety standards that, if not followed, could result in enforcement actions, and also seizure of the devices as well as civil and criminal penalties.
Hoverboard makers and sellers have been ordered to voluntarily take hoverboards off the market until they can be certified as safe by UL, the independent testing firm widely used by U.S. electronics manufacturers. UL has not yet certified any hoverboards as safe.
According to the CPSC, from Dec. 1 to Feb. 17, the agency received reports of 52 hoverboard fires that led to over $2 million in property damage. That damage included the destruction of an automobile and two homes. No known deaths have occurred as a result of a hoverboard fire. (According to media reports, two dogs were killed in a California house fire, and three children barely escaped their burning home in the UK.
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