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Three-Year-Old Killed in House Fire Caused by Recharging Hoverboard


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 14, 2017 in Product Liability

hoverboard on groundOn Friday night, a three-year-old was killed by complications from severe burns she suffered in a house fire caused by a hoverboard that burst into flames in a home in Harrisburg, Penn.

The hoverboard exploded while it was plugged into the wall for recharging, causing a fire on the first floor of the three-story house.

The three-year-old was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital along with two other girls who were injured in the fire. The three-year-old was pronounced dead on Sunday morning, while the other two girls remain in critical condition.

The three-year-old's father was treated for smoke inhalation but has been released from the hospital.

This the first fatality from a hoverboard fire, according to Scott Wolfson, spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Hoverboard Fires

The CPSC has investigated 60 other cases of hoverboard fires in the past year and a half. As of February 2016, these devices had caused two houses to burn down, according to a report from The Washington Post.

These devices became popular during the 2015 holiday season, but soon after, there were many reports of the devices catching fire.

The lithium-ion batteries in hoverboards have a solution that is potentially flammable and can explode if the battery is defective or becomes damaged.

In mid-2016, the CPSC warned consumers to stop using hoverboards made by certain manufacturers. Hoverboard manufacturer Swagway recalled more than half a million of the devices. Airlines also banned these devices due to the risk of a fire.  

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