When federal regulators forced recalls of more than half a million hoverboards made by eight different Chinese manufacturers last year, the number of reports of fires and explosions involving the recreational mobile devices dropped. But as with so many other consumer electronic devices powered by lithium-ion batteries, the potential for a fiery battery malfunction has not gone away completely.
On Thursday, March 23, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) added about 500 Chinese-made hoverboards sold by Vecaro Lifestyle of Cerritos, California, to the list of hoverboards under recall.
According to the agency, the lithium-ion battery packs in the devices may overheat, posing the risk of explosion and fire, which could lead to property damage and burn injuries.
So far none Vecaro’s hoverboards have been linked to property damage or burn injury, but the company has received three reports of the devices smoking.
The recall covers Vecaro’s Glide65, Drift8, and Trek10 hoverboards. The devices have “Vecaro” printed on the front outer casing and come in black, white, red, blue, metallic gold, metallic silver, graffiti white print, and red flame print. The model number is on the right for both the Glide65 and Drift8. The Trek10 model number is on top of the board.
The devices were sold between November 2015 and November 2016 for about $300-$400 through The Audio Shop and Stereo Zone in California in addition to online merchant VecaroLifestyle.com.
The CPSC and Vecaro are urging owners of the recalled devices stop using them immediately and contact Vecaro to return their unit to receive a free repair or a credit toward the purchase of a UL-certified device.
The recall announcement comes less than a couple of weeks after a house fire caused by a charging hoverboard killed a 3-year-old girl and severely injured two other members of her family in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The CPSC said that it would investigate that incident.