Our Los Angeles hoverboard injury lawyers have repeatedly warned consumers about dangerous and defective hoverboards that are causing fires and burn injuries to individuals. Now, KTLA is reporting that thousands of counterfeit hoverboards were confiscated the morning of April 21, 2016, after they were discovered at a business in the City of Industry.
Potentially Dangerous Hoverboards
Investigators at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they received information that counterfeit branded “UL” hoverboards were being illegally sold. UL is an independent safety company that tests and ensures the safety of electronic products. The safety company told investigators that the electronic components of the hoverboards were not safety tested or certified.
Investigators then confirmed that the business, “Rollitech,” was selling unauthorized “UL” listed hoverboards. Deputies searched the business and located more than 4,000 of the alleged counterfeit hoverboards, valued at about $1.5 million.
Hoverboards, the most popular toys on everyone’s Christmas list, have raised a number of concerns over the last few months. The reason? There have been a number of incidents in the United States involving hoverboards that catch fire or explode. One common reason why this does occur is that the products are poorly manufactured or the lithium-ion batteries that power these gadgets are of poor quality.
Fires or explosions could also occur when the batteries for the hoverboards are overcharged. This could well be because these products are not properly regulated. A number of batteries we see in hoverboards are not exactly knockoffs, but mass-manufactured cells that lack quality control. In this particular case, the hoverboards were counterfeit products that had not undergone safety testing. Once out on the streets, the consequences could have been devastating.
Product Liability Issues
Manufacturers of hoverboards, like manufacturers of any other product, have a duty and responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers. If you have been injured by a defective hoverboard or faulty battery, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses including medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries such as scarring or disfigurement, pain, and suffering, and mental anguish.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact experienced Los Angeles hoverboard injury attorneys who will fight for their rights and help them seek and obtain fair compensation for all their losses.