Hoverboards: the cool must-have toys that caught fire and are now being recalled

Last holiday season, some of the hottest-selling toys out there were those self-balancing scooters called hoverboards.

Apparently, some of them were too hot.

To be more precise, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it had logged nearly 100 reports of hoverboard battery packs catching fire or exploding, causing burns and property damage in the process.

Hence, today’s recall by the commission:

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.

The commission says dozens of the Chinese-made scooters burst into flames, so now a half-million of them are being recalled.

According to the BBC, the agency started looking into hoverboards late last year, “with the agency at the time urging consumers to be cautious as it tried to determine what caused one of 2015’s hottest holiday gift item to overheat.” The commission says the recall covers hoverboards made by ten companies, including the popular Swagway and Keenford.

The agency’s website advised affected consumers to take the recall seriously:


There have been at least 99 incidents reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding including reports of burn injuries and property damage.

Under the heading “Remedy,” the commission’s report says “consumers should immediately stop using these recalled products and contact the recalling company to return their hoverboard for a full refund, a free repair or a free replacement depending on the model.”

As the BBC reminds us, this is not the hoverboard’s first rodeo when it comes to public safety issues. “In December, the UK’s Trading Standards agencies seized more than 38,000 hoverboards it said were at danger of overheating after several house fires were blamed on the products. The authorities had already said it was an offence to ride them on pavements and roads.”

Models involved in the current recall include:

  • 267,000 Swagway X1s
  • 84,000 iMotos
  • 70,000 Powerboards
  • 28,000 Hovertraxs
  • 25,000 Hype Roams
  • 16,000 Hover-Ways

For a detailed listing of the scooters in question, go here.

Consumers can also call (800) 638-2772.

Good luck, and safe scooting!

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images


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  • Livegreen

    Falsely advertised product (they don’t hover) based on ripping off a patent (an asian-american inventor from the northwest invented this & Chinese manufacturers took his designs and sold them to Chinese brands who then sold them also to the U.S.).

    “Swagway” is an obvious rip-off of Segway.

    Yet the U.S. government does nothing to enforce false advertising, trademark and patent violations. How is the U.S. government helpful to American companies & consumers & existing laws when it comes to International Trade?

    • Tom Bates

      Which is why we need Trump, he would change things.

  • Nein9

    BOYCOTT CHINA made products

    NO to MIC PRC china made products

  • Tom Bates

    99/500000 is 0.000198 percent, that is a lot lot lot less than people dying from taking aspirin or being struck by lightening or drowning or dying on the the way to the post office to return the hover board to the seller.