Razor USA is recalling about 237,000 Hovertrax 2.0 self-balancing scooters and hoverboards with GLW battery packs because of a fire hazard.
According to a news report, the lithium-ion GLW battery packs in the self-balancing scooters or hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire, and/or exploding.
This recall involves the removable GLW battery packs installed in UL-Listed Hovertrax 2.0 brand self-balancing scooters/hoverboards manufactured between September 2016 and August 2017. GLW’s battery packs were certified as compliant with ANSI/UL Standard by UL or Underwriters’ Laboratories, which tests and evaluates components and products, allowing a certification mark to be placed by the manufacturer.
Details of the Recall
Hovertrax hoverboards have two wheels at either end of articulated dual platforms and are powered by GLW battery packs. The battery packs have the name GLW written in large letters on the packs themselves. The battery packs have serial numbers beginning with GLW, which is printed on a white sticker on the top of the battery pack, below the bar code. Hovertrax 2.0 is printed on the front of the hoverboard. The recalled hoverboards were sold in several colors including black, black monochrome, blue, green, red, white, rose gold, and purple.
Those who have these hoverboards at home should stop using them right away and contact Razor for instructions on how to get a prepaid shipping carton to send the GLW battery pack back to Razor and receive a free replacement battery pack.
So far, there have been more than 20 reports of Hovertrax hoverboards containing the GLW battery packs overheating, including some reports of smoke or fire. No injuries have been reported. The recalled hoverboards were sold at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and other stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and other websites from September 2016 through 2018 for about $460.
Product Liability Issues
Hoverboards are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used to power other devices all of us use like laptops and cell phones. However, when these devices are equipped with batteries of substandard quality, there is an increased risk of fires and explosions.
Manufacturers of defective products can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Injured victims can file what is known as a product liability claim seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.