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Some Vecaro hoverboards recalled due to overheating

On March 24, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall that could impact hoverboard enthusiasts in New York. According to reports, the recall affects three types of self-balancing scooters that were manufactured by Vecaro. The potentially defective product was offered for sale online and at one audio store on the West Coast from November 2015 through November 2016. Any consumer who acquired a Drift 8, Glide 65 or Trek 10 scooter during this time frame is urged to stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer for credit or repair.

These hoverboards were originally priced from $300 through $400. They were offered in flame-print and graffiti-print motifs as well as in a wide range of colors, including gold, silver, black, white, blue and red. Powered by rechargeable battery packs, the scooters consist of a platform that is suspended between a single wheel at each end. Reports indicate that their lithium-ion battery packs can overheat, which could potentially result in smoke, fire or an explosion.

Individuals who use a self-balancing scooter that has not been recalled may be able to minimize any potential risk posed by possible overheating by seeing that smoke detectors are operational and a fire extinguisher is close at hand. The scooters should also not be charged overnight or otherwise left unattended while charging is in progress.

As of the recall date, at least three incidents of smoking are known to have occurred, but no injuries or deaths in connection with this particular defect have been reported. Individuals in New York who are injured by a defective product such as a self-balancing scooter could be entitled to compensation and may find it beneficial to retain a products liability attorney when seeking an appropriate recovery.

Source: NBC DFW, "Recall: Consumers Urged to Stop Using Vecaro Hoverboards," Samantha Chatman, March 24, 2017

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