Four people were displaced and one was treated for possible smoke inhalation following a Christmas night fire in New Haven, Connecticut, that investigators blamed on an exploding hoverboard.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you were injured in a hoverboard accident, or a malfunction caused an injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
December 27, 2016 – New Haven Battalion Chief Ben Vargas said the hoverboard fire at 211 Franklin St. was quickly extinguished, with damage limited to one room and its contents. No firefighters were injured, according to Vargas.
While none of the four adult residents appeared to be seriously injured, one was taken by ambulance to the Yale New Haven Hospital after complaining of difficulty breathing, possibly from smoke inhalation. The source of the fire is still under investigation but firefighters believe the hoverboard was to blame.
Hoverboards are powered by lithium-ion batteries like those used in smartphones and laptop computers. These batteries are compact and hold a lot of energy, but also pose a significant fire risk when manufactured cheaply. A defect inside the cell of a low-quality battery may cause it to short circuit, resulting in an explosion and/or fire.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2016 issued a recall for over 500,000 hoverboards from 10 different companies. The recall followed at least 99 reports of the battery packs in hoverboards catching fire or exploding. Earlier this month, World Trading recalled about 1,900 Orbit hoverboards over concerns that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.
Do I Have a Hoverboard Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hoverboard lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and property damage cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a malfunctioning hoverboard, or your property was damaged by a hoverboard fire, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.