Roughly 25,000 self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards, are now under recall by Hype Wireless and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled hoverboards contain lithium-ion battery packs that may overheat suddenly, thus posing a risk of smoke, fire and, in rare cases, explosion.
The hoverboard recall includes Hype Roam brand self-balancing scooters with two wheels at either end, powered by lithium-ion battery packs. The recalled Roam brand hoverboards were available in black, red and blue. The products also feature the “Roam” brand name on a sticker attached the undercarriage of the recalled hoverboard.
Before the hoverboard recall was announced, CPSC and Hype Wireless were made aware of only one incident involving one of the self-balancing scooters overheating and smoking. However, no incidents involving injuries or property damage have been linked to this hoverboard recall.
From November 2015 through January 2016, the recalled hoverboards were sold for about $500 by Bed Bath and Beyond, Sports Chalet, VMZ Enterprises LLC and Trans World Entertainment stores across the nation. The recalled hoverboards were manufactured in China.
Consumers in possession of one or more of the recalled Hype Roam brand hoverboards are asked to stop using the products immediately and contact Hype Wireless regarding this recall to receive a free UL-compliant replacement.
For more information on the hoverboard recall, contact Hype Wireless toll-free at 866-449-7186 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.hyperoam.com and click on Recall.