If a hoverboard is on your gift-giving list this year you may want to rethink the gift. Hoverboards landed 70 kids in the emergency room just days after Christmas in 2015 making them one of the most dangerous Christmas toys you can give.
We’ve seen a rise in the number of incidents involving hoverboards. Product defects and user error are to blame for hoverboard injuries resulting in both class action lawsuits and Orlando toy liability cases.
Product Liability Injuries
Many injuries stem from hoverboards that malfunction, catch fire, or even explode. Particularly problematic are the lithium ion batteries that power the toys. These types of batteries rely on highly flammable liquid electrolytes that are prone to explosion when they overheat. What should be one of the safest acts of owning a hoverboard, charging it, has become a very risky action. Just a small surge in power or batteries that receive too much voltage can result in a hoverboard explosion or fire. The danger is so high that some cities have banned their use on public sidewalks and walkways and some airlines refuse to allow them on planes.
Hoverboard manufacturers have a responsibility to provide a safe and functioning product, but unfortunately, there are no safety standards for the manufacture of the devices. Even so, there is no excuse for injuries occurring when the toy is being used exactly as intended, or worse, not being used at all, but simply being charged. No one should lose their home to fire because a hoverboard overheated.
Preventing Personal Injuries From Hoverboards
Emergency rooms have seen hoverboard injuries of all types on both kids and adults: fractures, strains, sprains, contusions, lacerations, and head injuries are common. Many of these injuries can be prevented or minimized with proper training and proper equipment. Hoverboards have no handles and require a good sense of balance. Anyone who rides a hoverboard should be trained on how to use it, wear protective safety gear like helmets, knee, and elbow pads, and use them in green, open spaces where there is less risk of crashing into buildings or cars or falling onto hard pavement.
You May Be Part Of An Orlando Dangerous Toy Lawsuit
There have been many lawsuits already filed against hoverboard manufacturers. If you or a loved one purchased a hoverboard in recent years, you may be part of an Orlando toy liability case. If you have suffered an injury due to a hoverboard defect or accident, you might have grounds for an Orlando dangerous toy lawsuit.
Contact an Orlando personal injury lawyer at Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP to learn more about hoverboard injury lawsuits and please rethink your gift-giving if you receive a list with a hoverboard on it.
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