A Popular Holiday Gift May End Up Being Safety Hazard

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Currently, there are no safety standards in place for hoverboards.
Currently, there are no safety standards in place for hoverboards.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a safety statement regarding the new must-have product of the season: hoverboards. Numerous reports of hoverboard-related fires have prompted the agency to investigate the cause of these fires as well as other product-related injuries such as falls.

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Currently, there are no safety standards in place for hoverboards, which is concerning given that serious injuries including concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries have been reported.  As of yesterday, the CPSC reports 22 fires in at least 17 states and over 70 ER-treated injuries. 

Given the popularity of this product this holiday season, clinicians might expect an influx of hoverboard-related injuries. The CPSC is actively investigating and will alert the public as new information becomes available.

Reference

Saferproducts.gov. SaferProducts.gov. http://saferproducts.gov/. Accessed December 30, 2015.

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