More than 500K hoverboards recalled over fire risk

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 500,000 hoverboards are being recalled after reports that dozens of them have burst into flames.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that it has received 99 reports that the battery packs in the two-wheel motorized scooters caught on fire or exploded, causing burns or property damage.

The hoverboards were made by 10 companies, including Swagway and Keenford.

They were sold nationwide from June 2015 to May 2016 for between $350 and $900.

Mass merchandisers nationwide and online retailers from June 2015 through May 2016 for between $350 and $900.

This recall involves self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as hoverboards. They have two wheels at either end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs. Recalled self-balancing scooters include the following retailers, brands and online firms:

Manufacturer/Importers:

Company Number of Units Brand/ModelSold Firm’s Recall 
Digital Gadgets LLC, of Monroe, N.J. 16,000 Hover-Way/Model # HWSBB601-R 16-213
Hoverboard LLC, of Scottsdale, Ariz. 70,000 Powerboard 16-210
Hype Wireless, of
Edison, N.J.
25,000 Hype Roam 16-217
Keenford Ltd., of Hong Kong 84,000 iMoto 16-216
PTX Performance Products USA of Irvine, CA 4,900 Airwalk Self Balancing Electric Scooter 16-208
Razor USA LLC, of Cerritos, Calif. 28,000 Hovertrax 16-215
Swagway LLC, of South Bend, Ind. 267,000 Swagway X1 16-211
Yuka Clothing, of Miami, Fla. 800 Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, Hover Shark, NWS, X Glider and X Rider 16-209

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