A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires.
The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home that killed two girls. A LayZ Board hoverboard was also blamed for an Oct. 23 fire in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, which destroyed a townhome and severely damaged four others.
LayZ Board hoverboards are made in Shenzhen, China. The hoverboards blamed for the Pennsylvania fires were among more than 3,000 units imported to the U.S. from China.
Due to the fire hazard posed to people of all ages by LayZ Board hoverboards, the CPSC is urging the public to stop charging and stop using them. Those who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery, the CPSC said in its warning. The agency also urges the public to share its warning with friends and family to prevent further deaths, injuries, and property damage.
The CPSC also announced recalls of several other Chinese-made hoverboard brands and models for their potential to overheat, explode, or catch fire due to their faulty lithium batteries:
- Smart Balance Wheel hoverboards imported by Salvage World of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The CPSC says about 700 units were sold in Mississippi, one of which exploded and started a fire in the state earlier this year.
- Drone Nerds hoverboards. The CPSC says that about 700 units were sold by Drone Nerds Inc. of Aventura, Florida.
- Go Wheels hoverboards imported by Four Star Imports, of Memphis, Tennessee, and sold by Village Mart store in Memphis, Tennessee. The recall affects about 1,800 units.
- iHoverspeed hoverboards imported by Simplified Wireless of Element, New York, and sold by Amazon. About 900 units are covered by the recall.
- iLive hoverboards imported by Digital Products of St. Louis, Missouri, and sold by Ace Hardware and hh gregg stores nationwide, online at AceHardware.com and hhgregg.com, and through Heartland America catalogs. About 8,700 units are affected by the recall. The CPSC says that it had received one report of the battery pack overheating and exploding, causing no injury or property damage.
- Tech Drift hoverboards imported by Tech rift of Los Angeles and sold by Ace Hardware and hh gregg stores nationwide and online at AceHardware.com and hhgregg.com. About 100 units were sold.
- Sonic Smart Wheels hoverboards imported by Dollar Mania, of Bossier City, Louisiana and sold by Dollar Mania stores in Bossier City and Shreveport, Louisiana. The company received one report of a fire in Louisiana in 2017 resulting in approximately $40,000 of property damage to a consumer’s home. No injuries were reported. About 1,000 units were sold.