The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is trying to get to the bottom of all incidents reported to the agency and in the news. One hoverboard, for instance, blew up while being charged in a home in New York, while another one in Lousiana shot flames while plugged in, destroying a family's house in the process. You can also see one burning up in a mall below. That's in addition to looking into the general safety of using one of these toys, as the agency has apparently received 30 reports of people going to the ER due to hoverboard-related accidents so far.
It's worth noting that not all hoverboards are created equal and their quality could depend on the manufacturer. Since they're a new product, however, it's still hard to know which brands you can trust. Sean Kane, president of the Safety Institute told The Washington Post: "The reality is the safety and fitness of these products is unknown. Are there well-constructed ones that are safe? Maybe. Are there ones that are clearly having problems? The answer is that appears to be the case." If you already have one in your household, CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis says that to be safe, only plug it in to recharge if you can keep an eye on it.
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