Fatal House Fire Prompts CPSC Warning to Stop Using LayZ Board Hoverboards

May 17, 2017

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged consumers to immediately stop using LayZ Board self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards. In a statement released earlier this month, the agency said it has evidence that LayZ Board was the hoverboard involved in a deadly fire on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa., which took the lives of two young girls.

Photo: CPSC

These hoverboards were manufactured in Shenzhen, China, and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States.

Due to the fire hazard posed to consumers of all ages by the hoverboards, the CPSC is urging the public to stop charging and using their LayZ Board. Consumers who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery. The agency is also asking the public to share this warning with friends and family so that no one else is injured by them.

The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet and does not have a handlebar. The name LayZ Board appears on the front of the product.

The Commission thanks the Harrisburg Fire Department and the families affected by this deadly fire for their time and cooperation with our investigation.

Note: The safety warning to stop use applies to LayZ Boards hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards.

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