Over 500,000 hoverboards recalled in US over fire fears

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says the faulty devices can overheat and potentially catch fire or explode

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About half a million hoverboards sold in the US are being recalled after 99 incidents where faulty hoverboards made in China caught fire.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that the lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and potentially exploding.

The recall affects about 501,000 units.

“Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled products and contact the recalling company to return their hoverboard for a full refund, a free repair or a free replacement depending on the model,” the Consumer Products Safety Commission said.

Recalled hoverboard units

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The machines in question were sold nationwide across the US in retail stores and online between June 2015 and May 2016.

The devices cost between $350 and $900 to buy.

The affected units, brands and retailers are:

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Hoverboard user image via Shutterstock

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