Consumers asked to report hoverboard injuries and fires

Riders, using the hashtag #hoverboardfail, have reported fractures, concussions and fires


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking hoverboard owners to report fires when charging the devices and injuries sustained while riding the popular Christmas gift.

Twenty-two hoverboard fires in 17 states and at least 70 injuries resulting in an emergency department visit have been reported. Hoverboards are self-balancing, battery-powered scooters. In a Tweet, the safety commission asks consumers to report additional fires and injuries to SaferProducts.gov.

A Florida man fell off a hoverboard, fracturing his leg in several places. He told 10News that he has more than $100,000 in medical bills from his injury.

Politicians and celebrities post hoverboard fails to social sites

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson posted a instagram video of his hoverboard fall. 

 

#hoverboard #knockout #MikeTysonBreaksBack #imtoooldforthisshit @getcyboard

A video posted by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Florida, fell off his kid's hoverboard and tweeted a photo of his broken arm in a sling after visiting the hospital.

Twitter and Instagram users have posted videos of hoverboard falls with the hashtag #hoverboardfail.

CBS12 News posted compilation of hoverboard falls on its Facebook page.

Hoverboard fails: People are falling off their Christmas gifts...

#Hoverboard fails: People are falling off their #Christmas gifts & headed to the hospital. Did YOU get one? Close encounter with great white #shark! Michele Wright TV #InUrFacebook.

Posted by CBS 12 News on Monday, December 28, 2015

In early December Amazon.com stopped selling some hoverboard models and a U.K. teenager riding a hoverboard was killed when he collided with a bus. 

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