It’s nearly Christmas and among the most-popular toys on the lists of kids this year is the battery-operated skateboard known as a hoverboard. Like many of today’s battery-operated high-tech gadgets, hoverboards use lithium batteries which last longer and pack a more powerful charge than normal batteries.
However, questions related to the safety of these batteries have recently been raised as several products that contain lithium batteries have reportedly caught fire or exploded. The terrifying experience of one mother of a 12-year-old boy recently made national headlines when the hoverboard she purchased for her son reportedly caught fire and exploded. The fire spread quickly to the rest of the woman’s home which was soon engulfed in flames.
In addition to those reported by hoverboard owners, fires and explosions of other lithium-battery operated products have also been reported. Recently, a 29-year-old man was hospitalized after the e-cigarette he had in his mouth reportedly exploded. The man suffered numerous and serious injuries including a broken neck, broken bones in his face, severe mouth burns and shattered teeth.
This horrific accident does not appear to be an isolated event as the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been notified of “at least 25 such incidents between 2009 and 2014.” At least three victims of similar E-cig accidents have filed lawsuits against the products makers. The mother whose home burned down after her son’s hoverboard exploded also plans to sue the maker of the dangerous and defective product.
Individuals who have suffered injuries in accidents related to lithium-battery operated products would be wise to discuss their case with an attorney. An attorney who handles product liability cases can answer questions and help determine if it makes sense to take legal action.
Source: The Times-Picayune, “Are ‘hoverboards’ dangerous? Batteries have been known to explode,” Diana Samuels, Dec. 3, 2015
CBS News, “Man seriously injured by e-cigarette explosion,” Nov. 24, 2015