This past holiday season, hoverboards were one of the most popular gifts offered to children, teens, and even adults around the country. A hoverboard is essentially a small personal transportation device about the size of a skateboard that uses the pressure of the rider to accelerate or slow down. Most can reach about 15 miles per hour and travel more than 10 miles without needing to be charged.
While the technology is undoubtedly impressive and intriguing, hoverboards have unfortunately been hitting the news quite recently with operational problems that have led to consumer lawsuits. Most hoverboard problems occur due to riders falling and becoming injured, but quite a few users have also witnessed their hoverboards catch fire and explode while charging or even during use.
Many people wonder how such a sophisticated piece of technology could have been developed, manufactured, and distributed with such a major flaw like catching fire, but the truth is that no safety standards existed prior to the design and mass production of hoverboards around the country.
The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission recently launched an investigation to explore the risk to hoverboard users and determine any existing safety defects. Meanwhile, airlines have forbidden passengers from traveling with hoverboards due to the potential for fires and explosions. Retailers like Amazon and Target even pulled hoverboards from their shelves to avoid any liability issues! Lakeland personal injury attorney Brian Esposito argues that people hurt on hoverboards deserve their time in court.
All of this has led to a rapid increase in the number of lawsuits being filed against hoverboard manufacturers and distributors as injured customers look to gain compensation not only for their purchases but for the physical and emotional damage caused by malfunctioning products. According to CNN Money, this is just the beginning of the lawsuit avalanche that hoverboard makers like Swagway will likely endure.
However, hoverboard companies aren’t ready to accept responsibility. They seem ready to defend their products and head to court, determined to clinch victory.
For more information on filing a suit contact BJE Law, Tampa personal injury law firm.