- Product Type: Personal Transportation Device
No, you did not miss anything. We did not have a “real” hoverboard around that randomly failed. There have been quite a few hoverboards, which ultimately became failed tech products. However, even the best have problems. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported at least 12 incidents in 2015 where lithium-ion batteries for hoverboards caught fire. By July 2016, they updated the number to 60 reports of hoverboard fires, totaling around $2 million in property damage. No one knew why they caught fire. Some just exploded while charging, others caught fire while people were riding them. One even caught fire just sitting near a kiosk stand near a Washington Shopping Mall. Simply put, the makers of these products neglected safety and did not seem to care about fixing the problem.