A fire in Pennsylvania has prompted a federal investigation after officials said a charging hoverboard was responsible for the blaze that killed two young girls.
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March 20, 2017 – The girls, 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes and 10-year-old Savannah Dominick, died as the result of burns suffered in the hoverboard fire. Hughes died the night of the fire and Dominick died Thursday, according to NBC 10.
The 2 deaths mark the first fatalities linked to a hoverboard fire in the U.S., according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The agency will investigate the incident to determine whether the hoverboard that started the fire was part of last year’s massive hoverboard recall.
While the deaths are the first directly linked to hoverboard fires in the U.S., CPSC has investigated several dozen cases of burn injuries related to exploding hoverboards since 2015.
In July 2016, the agency recalled over 500,000 hoverboards from 10 different companies following at least 99 reports of hoverboard battery packs catching fire or exploding. At the time of the recall, CPSC said it had investigated over 60 hoverboard fires in 60 states, which together caused more than $2 million in property damage.
“Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire,” CPSC said. “This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”
The agency noted that, while some components of hoverboards may be certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), there is currently no such certification for hoverboards themselves. Thus, each model is being investigated individually to look for specific problems.
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