Battery Packs for Hoverboards Recalled

More than 200,000 hoverboards equipped with battery packs are being recalled because the batteries can overheat, which could potentially lead to fires or explosions. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that there have been more than 20 incidents of battery packs overheating, including complaints of smoke or fire. The recall involves lithium-ion GLW battery packs in the Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards.

The hoverboards say Hovertrax 2.0 on the front and have been sold at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and other stores and websites. Sales were made from September 2016-2018; the hoverboards sold for about $460. According to CPSC, “This recall involves the removable GLW battery packs installed in UL-Listed Hovertrax 2.0 brand self-balancing scooters/hoverboards manufactured between September 2016 and August 2017. GLW’s battery packs were certified as compliant with ANSI/UL Standard 2271 by UL. Hovertrax hoverboards have two wheels at either end of articulated dual platforms and are powered by GLW battery packs. The battery packs have the name GLW written in large letters on the packs themselves. The battery packs have serial numbers beginning with GLW, which is printed on a white sticker on the top of the battery pack, below the bar code. Hovertrax 2.0 is printed on the front of the hoverboard.”

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