SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) – Hoverboards are one of the hottest gadgets this holiday season. Unfortunately, it’s for the wrong reason- many have been exploding around the world.
There have been media reports of hoverboards exploding in the US and in Europe, and it’s led to a lot of concerns on both sides of the Atlantic.
In Britain, officials have stopped more than 15,000 hoverboards from entering the country after they were deemed unsafe. Over in New York City, officials made riding a hoverboard outside illegal. Police will give riders a fine if they’re caught.
Some national and international airlines have banned hoverboards from being brought on board planes.
Stacey Izzo recently purchased three hoverboards as gifts for her children. She bought them online, but then she reached an obstacle. Izzo said, “The first time I ordered them I thought it was a ‘Go.’ And then I got an email, a few days ago that they were recalled, they couldn’t get past customs.”
Turns out, the hoverboards posed a safety risk and were prevented from entering the country. Izzo ordered another brand of hoverboards and she’s still waiting for them to arrive.
So with all of this uncertainty, should parents avoid purchasing a hoverboard? Officials say you should be safe as long as you do your research.
There are many brands out there, so experts suggest that you should look up information on the company. Does the company look legitimate? Some brands like ‘Swagway’ and ‘Razor’ have reputable websites. But there are other brands out there that don’t have a website at all.
Experts also suggest that buyers should make sure the hoverboard has a warranty.
There are wide price ranges on the products, but many tech experts suggest that you should not spend less than $300. Anything below that and you could run the risk of buying a dud.
And there are measures you can take to prevent the hoverboard from catching fire. The National Association of State Fire Marshals says riders should give the device time to cool off before charging.
It’s also important to never leave a hoverboard plugged in unattended. Officials also recommend that you shouldn’t overcharge it or leave it charging overnight.
And if the hoverboard starts overheating during use, stop riding it and check with the manufacturer.
Izzo is concerned about the hoverboard headlines, but she’s still granting her children’s wish. She will make sure to be careful, though. She said, “We’ll just read the instructions, pay close attention, and make sure that we don’t leave it charged overnight or when we’re not there. We’ll unplug everything and make sure it’s not left alone.”