Arizona residents should be aware that several different types of a self-balancing scooter from Vecaro have been recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that the brands that are affected include the Trek 10, Drift 8 and Glide 64 after there were reports of the scooters starting to smoke.
These scooters, known as hoverboards, have a wheel on each side and have lithium-ion packs. The user then uses their balance to move and turn the scooter. However, the lithium-ion packs can potentially overheat, resulting in a fire or even an explosion. Although no injuries have been reported, it was recommended that owners of these scooters should stop using them and contact the manufacturer. The defective hoverboards were sold from November 2015 to November 2016 at several specialty shops and Vecaro's online store.
If residents have a hoverboard that was not recalled, there are several things that owners can do to reduce the risk of any problems. These include being in attendance when charging the scooter and not charging them overnight. Additionally, users are recommended to have a working smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher nearby just in case something should happen.
Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that the product they are producing is safe for consumers. If a person suffers an injury after using a dangerous or defective product, an attorney may assist with filing a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. Depending on the severity of the injuries and whether or not the manufacturer was aware of the defect, the attorney may potentially seek compensation for any damages that the injured person sustained, including the cost of medical bills.