Motorized scooters are being recalled after some have overheated, burned riders and damaged property. To date, more than 500,000 hoverboards have been recalled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 99 reports of hoverboard battery packs exploding or catching fire in the U.S. The CPSC also says more than 18 injuries have been reported, including reports of burns to the neck, legs, and arms. Property damage has also been a major complaint from consumers. During the holiday season, hoverboards were a hot item. However, videos and photos of the two-wheeled motorized scooters on fire or smoking have appeared on the internet. Earlier this year, the CPSC gave a warning to all hoverboard makers and retailers to follow certain safety requirements or they will face recalls. Many have already banned hoverboards, including airlines, railroads and college campuses. Ten companies manufactured the recalled hoverboards; such companies are Keenford Ltd., based in Hong Kong and Swagway LLC of South Bend, Indiana. These hoverboards were sold in major stores nationwide as well as online between June 2015 and May 2016. They were sold for as much as $900. The CPSC says owners should stop using the recalled hoverboards immediately and return them for a free replacement, free repair or full refund.
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