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501,000 Hoverboards Recalled Nationwide Over Exploding Batteries

At least 99 incidents of overheated battery packs have been reported, causing burns and property damage

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    The US. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than a half-million hoverboards, saying they were made with fundamental flaws. Stefan Holt has more. (Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016)

    Ten companies are recalling 501,000 hoverboards sold nationwide over lithium-ion batteries that can overheat and explode, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Officials who announced the recall Wednesday said at least 99 incidents of overheated battery packs have been reported, causing burns and property damage. The batteries can smoke, spark and explode.

    Affected hoverboards were sold by major retailers, both in stores and online, from June 2015 through May 2016, according to the CPSC. They were listed for $350 to $900.

    The recall applies to the following products:

    • 16,000 Hover-Way boards with model number HWSBB601-R, manufactured by Digital Gadgets LLC of Monroe, New Jersey
    • 70,000 Powerboards manufactured by Hoverboard LLC or Scottsdale, Arizona
    • 25,000 Hype Roam boards manufactured by Hype Wireless of Edison, New Jersey
    • 84,000 iMoto boards manufactured by Keenford Ltd. of Hong Kong, China
    • 4,900 Airwalk Self-Balancing Electric Scooters manufactured by PTX Performance Products USA of Irvinia, California
    • 28,000 Hovertrax scooters manufactured by Razor USA LLC of Cerritos, California
    • 267,000 Swagway X1 scooters manufactured by Swagway LLC of South Bend, Indiana
    • 800 Wheeli, 2Wheelz, Back to the Future, Mobile Tech, Hover Shark, NWS, X Glider and X Rider scooters manufactured by Yuka Clothing of Miami, Florida
    • 1,300 Orbit boards sold by Boscov's of Reading, Pennsylvania
    • 4,300 hoverboards sold by Overstock.com of Salt Lake City, Utah

    Customers who purchased affected hoverboards should stop using them and contact the manufacturer for a full refund, repair or return.

    More information is available through the CPSC by calling 800-638-2772 or visiting www.cpsc.gov.