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Trust us: You probably don’t actually want a real life hoverboard

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Trust us: you don’t really want a real life hoverboard — at least not in the first few iterations of the future tech.

Sure, you’ve probably been impatiently waiting for the day you’d finally be able to zoom above the pavement from the moment you saw Marty McFly defy the laws of gravity in Back to the Future Part II — but there’s more than just a crew of angry bullies that could make the practice IRL a bad and dangerous idea. 

Your dream hoverboard would probably be a floating injury machine at first, with potentially sketchy internals, a super-high price tag, and a high level of skill needed just to take it for a spin.      Read more…

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Dangerous, explosive hoverboards are still lurking, and here’s another recall to remind you of it

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Here we go again. 

Following the tragic deaths of two children in Pennsylvania caused by a hoverboard fire earlier this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced the recall of yet another hoverboard brand. 

The brand is Los Angeles-based Vecaro LifeStyle and the reason for the recall is the same as the ones we reported in 2016—lithium-ion batteries. 

“The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding,” reads the advisory on the CPSC’s website, which specifically names the Glide65, Drift8 and Trek10 models of the Vecaro hoverboards.  Read more…

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Fire caused by an unsafe hoverboard results in death of a toddler

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Despite product recalls and repeated warnings from government officials over the past two years, some people are still using unsafe hoverboards.

Now a child from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has died as a result of an apparently faulty board. 

The fire was reported around 8 p.m. on Friday, during which one resident jumped from the second floor of the building to escape the blaze, according to AP. 

The next day, one of the children injured in the fire, 3-year-old Ashanti Hughes, was pronounced dead by the local coroner’s office, while two other girls remained in critical condition in a local hospital.  Read more…

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