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Half million hoverboards recalled due to risk of burn injuries

As a previous post highlighted, residents in Arizona and elsewhere could suffer a burn from products such as fireworks. If there was manufacturing errors or mistakes made when conducting a public display, negligence could be the cause for those suffering burn injuries. While it is clear that there are hazards and dangers when dealing with a product that involves fire or a flame, there are some consumer products that could put individuals at risk of a burn injury without involving fire.

According to recent reports, more than half a million hoverboards were recalled due to the potential fire hazard they could cause consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that this fire hazard was related to the lithium-ion battery that powers the device.

Thus far, there have been roughly 99 incidents reported that were related to the battery packs used in the hoverboard. These incident reports suggest that the battery packs have overheated, sparked, began smoking, caught on fire and even exploded, resulting in burn injuries, serious injuries and property damage.

Dangerous products, such as the recalled hoverboards, could cause consumers to suffer serious injuries such as burn injuries. Depending on the severity of the burn, this could result in the consumer requiring surgery, a skin graft and even rehabilitation. Moreover, severe burns could result in deformities and even disabilities and impairments, causing the injured consumer to require on-going medical treatment.

A burn victim is likely to suffer physical, emotional and mental pain. The pain and suffering related to a burn injury could last a lifetime, especially if the victim suffered serious burns to their body. If the negligence of another party such as a manufacturer was the cause of a burn injury, it is possible for a burn victim to seek recourses. A civil action such as a personal injury claim could help them recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Upi.com, "More than 500,000 hoverboards recalled for fire hazard," Ed Adamczyk, July 6, 2016

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