Every year, there seems to be an “it” product that becomes wildly popular with consumers. Sometimes it’s a toy or a smartphone, sometimes it’s an article of clothing or new kitchen appliance. The most recent “it” item could be the hoverboard.
Hoverboards have become quite popular in recent months and a quick search online brings up tens of thousands of videos of people using the mobile gadget. Unfortunately for many new owners of hoverboards, using these modes of transportation can end in serious injuries and a potential legal claim thanks to potential product defects.
According to recent reports, hoverboards have been at the center of numerous accidents and lawsuits against the companies who make and sell them. The devices evidently pose a serious risk to consumers in many different ways.
To begin with, these devices were designed, made and sold without first establishing standards for safety. This has led to defects that cause a hoverboard to burst into flames and a lack of guidelines for safe operation. Consumers are at serious risk of falling and getting seriously injured after improper operation and/or riding on roads with obstacles that jolt riders off the board.
Citing hidden hazards and problematic design, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has requested that no more hoverboards be sold online. Reports indicate that retailers are also being called on to halt sales until more investigation into the safety of these products can be completed.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a hoverboard or other type of potentially dangerous product, it can be crucial that you discuss your legal options with an attorney. You should not have to pay for the damages suffered in an accident caused by an unsafe product. With legal representation, you can assess your options for filing a legal claim against the party who designed, manufactured or sold the product in question.