Incidents include hoverboards catching fire, sparking, or melting. Last year, a hoverboard was identified as the starting point for a fire in Pennsylvania that resulted in the deaths of two young girls.
A black hoverboard scooter with vibrant, multicolored lights on the wheel covers on both sides.
The Jetson Rogue 42-volt hoverboard has been recalled due to potential fire risks caused by its lithium-ion battery pack, as announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of approximately 53,000 Jetson hoverboards this week in response to multiple reports of the devices catching fire. Last year in Pennsylvania, a fire marshal determined that a hoverboard served as the starting point for a house fire that claimed the lives of two young sisters, although the exact cause remains unknown, according to the recall notice.
The hoverboard model at the center of the recall, produced by Jetson Electric Bikes, is the 42-volt Jetson Rogue. The commission stated that the lithium-ion battery pack in the hoverboard has the potential to overheat, posing a fire risk. The product was available for purchase at Target stores nationwide between August 2018 and June 2019 and online from January 2019 to November 2021, with prices ranging from $100 to $150.
In a statement released on Thursday, Jetson confirmed its cooperation with the commission and its voluntary recall of the products.
Both the commission and the company are urging consumers to cease the use and charging of the hoverboards immediately and to reach out to Jetson to obtain a full refund.
The Rogue hoverboard features two wheels with illuminated hubcaps and is available in black, blue, red, pink, and purple. The device also has a black platform with “Jetson” printed on the side of its frame and on the footpads.
Hoverboards with a barcode adjacent to their serial number or those with a charging port containing only one pin are not included in the recall.
The commission has received multiple reports of hoverboards catching fire, sparking, or melting.
In one incident mentioned by the commission, a fire in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, resulted in the deaths of a 10-year-old girl and her 15-year-old sister on April 1, 2022. While the exact cause remains inconclusive, the commission stated that the Hellertown Borough marshal determined that a Jetson hoverboard was the starting point of the fire.
The affected family filed a lawsuit against Jetson and Walmart in September, alleging that the hoverboard they bought as a Christmas present in 2018 had a “defective and unreasonably dangerous design.” The lawsuit also claims that the manufacturer was or should have been aware of the potential for short-circuiting and subsequent fires during charging, as reported by The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Customers impacted by the recall are advised to contact Jetson and follow the provided instructions to submit photographs of the hoverboard’s serial number, charger, and purchase date in order to receive their refund. Additionally, they should submit proof of hoverboard disposal in compliance with state or local regulations for lithium-ion batteries.
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