Hoverboards were so much in fashion last holiday season that almost everyone was anticipating a surge in hoverboards sales and thought that this could become a household name .
The trend seemed to catch up like wildfire, and everybody wanted one for them. However, it was a short-lived happiness as more than half a million of hoverboards (you read it right), were recalled because of safety issues.
Our team collated a comprehensive understanding of what went wrong with hoverboards and what are the measures were taken by some leading companies to rectify the issue.
What Exactly Happened?
As per the reports of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were quite a few cases of battery getting overheated, exploding and catching fire. Some users complained that this had caused more harm to property, and there were reports of burns as well.
It was between the months of June 2015 to May 2016 that witnessed their widespread popularity went down and hit the rock bottom at once.
Nonetheless, it became the duty of this authority to take up the matter in their hands and look for a solution. This is what they found:
- 10 different states had reported hoverboards on fire
- Fire did cause physical injury that found its way into the ER
- Damages to property were a rising concern
As a matter of fact, there started a pandemonium that went against the use of these self-balancing scooters. By this time, everybody wanted to get rid of the scooters.
As matter progressed, certain areas restricted the use of hoverboards
- Airlines do not allow them to be carried
- Tubes or metro rails have banned them
- Some college campuses have also followed the same trend
- Children are supposed to be worn safety gears while riding a hoverboard
- Furthermore, children need to be under supervision while doing so
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requests people to buy it from reputed sellers
Products and Brands of Hoverboard Makers Recalled
Some of the well-known brands were called off from their duty. This came as a major shock to people all around the world as well as not regarded as a good sign for an emerging industry.
Again, with safety being the biggest concern, manufacturers swiftly responded to the situation and pulled out their products related to hoverboards/self-balancing scooters from the market.Here is a list of some of the most prevalent companies and their products that were pulled out:
Here is a list of some of the most prevalent companies and their products that were pulled out
- Around 70,000 Powerboards that were made by Hoverboard LLC of Arizona
- Hover-Way boards around 16,000 made by Digital Gadgets LLC of New Jersey
- Razor USA LLC of California had to call back 28,000 of their Hovertrax scooters
- Astonishingly 267,000 of Swagway X1 self-balancing scooters by Swagway LLC of Indiana had to be recalled
- Out of this 84,000 were the famous iMoto boards manufactured by none other than Keenfor Ltd of China
- 25,000 of Hype Roam boards from the well known Hype Wireless of Edison of New Jersey
- A shocker from Overstock.com of Utah and their 4,300 of hoverboards
- The Pennsylvania-based company Boscov’s of Reading had to cancel 1,300 of their Orbit boards
- PTX Performance Products USA of California had called off 4,900 of their trendy Airwalk Self-Balancing Electric Scooters
- 800 of the 2Wheelz, Mobile Tech, Wheeli, Back to the Future, NWS, Hover Shark, X Rider and X Glider scooters made by Yuka Clothing of Miami of Florida
What’s Next for Hoverboards?
Amidst all this confusion, there rose another point of discussion these companies surfaced was to declare that this was caused due to overcharging of the batteries. To their defence, they transpired that even laptops and mobile phones had fallen prey to this phenomenon in the past.
This to some extent covered the fallacy and even this day it has been argued that if carrying hoverboards in public places and vehicles is dangerous, then laptops, tablets and mobile phones should also ban from such places.
Governing bodies like Underwriter Laboratories which is a global safety sentinel and Consumer Product Safety Commission have come to the rescue by conveying certain norms to these companies like:
- They have laid it down very clearly that on the slightest complaints, manufacturers should refund, replacement or repair
- Their products should pass basic safety standards
- No using of cheap counterfeit batteries or parts
- Third party hoverboards need to pass stringent safety guidelines to be allowed to sell in the market
- Also, they made it a point that the batteries need to be charged for 1 hour or so and not over the night
It was the widespread fear that made a leading online portal like Amazon also take precautionary steps by sending back a few to reputed manufacturers (like Swagway). So it was the fear of losing more than anything else that hindered the growth of the hoverboards.
Now that things look pretty okay it is still a major problem to get the fear out of the minds. Hope this post has addressed all those questions in a positive way.