WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a second house fire resulting in substantial property damage, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters (known as hoverboards) immediately. CPSC has evidence that LayZ Board was the brand of hoverboard involved in the fire on October 23, 2017, in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, which destroyed one townhome and damaged four others.
In May 2017, CPSC issued its first warning about LayZ Board hoverboards, following a fatal house fire on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which took the lives of two young girls.
These hoverboards were manufactured in Shenzhen, China, and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States.
Due to the fire hazard posed to consumers of all ages by these hoverboards, CPSC is urging the public to stop charging and stop using their LayZ Board. Consumers who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery. CPSC is also asking the public to share this warning with friends and family so that no one else is injured by these hoverboards.
The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet and does not have a handlebar. The name LayZ Board is printed on the front of the product.
Consumers should report any incidents with products to CPSC at: www.saferproducts.gov.
Note: The safety warning to stop use applies to LayZ Board hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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