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Government says it will go after hoverboard makers, sellers

11 months 4 days 19 hours ago February 19, 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Friday, February 19 2016 February 19, 2016 12:06 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

NEW YORK - The government is cracking down on hoverboards.

In a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this holiday season, if they fail to meet federal safety standards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a letter issued Thursday noted 52 reports of fires that users say were caused by hoverboards in 24 states. Those fires led to $2 million in property damage, including destruction of two homes and an automobile. It said many of those incidents would not have happened if the hoverboards met existing standards.

Concerns that lithium ion batteries inside the hoverboards could spark a fire have led to bans by several airlines and college campuses.

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