Holiday Gift May End Up Being Safety Hazard

Holiday Gift May End Up Being Safety Hazard
Holiday Gift May End Up Being Safety Hazard

The U.S. 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.

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. 

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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.

For more information or to report a hoverboard-related injury visit saferproducts.gov.

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