Hoverboards – Product Liability
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Hoverboards have enjoyed immense popularity ever since they hit the market in late 2015. Even before reaching consumers, hoverboards were popular as a fictional device featured in the “Back to the Future” series of movies. The reality of defective hoverboards, however, is far different from the fictional depiction of hoverboards. That’s because most of the hoverboards distributed and sold in the US thus far use lithium-ion batteries that have not been certified for use. In some cases, these lithium-ion batteries have been known to overheat while charging, leading to leakage, fires and explosions.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to the use of a faulty product, such as a defective hoverboard or other device, you need to talk to a qualified product liability attorney today. Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC is a legal team with attorneys who are dedicated to fighting on behalf of personal injury victims in Camden County, Union County, Passaic County, Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County and everywhere else in New Jersey. You can contact us anytime to speak with a skilled product liability attorney and explore your legal options.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a federal agency that issues product safety alerts and that has the authority to issue mandatory product recalls, recently said that hoverboards pose a major fire risk because the devices use lithium-ion batteries. There have been numerous reports of people sustaining burn injuries while charging the hoverboard batteries. When the lithium-ion batteries are charged for too long, the devices can catch fire or even spontaneously combust.
At this time, it still remains unclear as to whether it’s a design defect, a manufacturing defect or some other aspect of the production process that is causing the hoverboards to start fires or explode. What is clear, however, is that hoverboards are incredibly dangerous and pose serious risks of personal injuries, including burn injuries caused by hoverboard fires and other types of injuries caused by slip & fall accidents.
Although New Jersey hasn’t gone quite so far as to prohibit people from using hoverboards on NJ sidewalks and roads, some lawmakers have suggested imposing an outright ban on the devices. These government officials often cite various studies showing that most hoverboards currently sold in the United States do not have properly certified batteries. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT has taken the extraordinary step of prohibiting anyone from using, or even possessing, the motorized devices while riding on public transportation such as buses, trains and light rail vehicles.
If you or someone you care about has sustained an injury as a result of a defective device, whether it’s a hoverboard, a medical device or some other consumer product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the product manufacturer or designer. Depending on the nature of your injuries and the circumstances of the device malfunction, you could be in a position to receive financial compensation for your accident-related injuries, subsequent medical expenses, lost wages due to missing time from work during your physical recovery, and any pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
The experienced product liability lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are prepared to help you get the compensation you need, want and deserve. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case or schedule a free consultation at one of our office locations in Cherry Hill, Scotch Plains, Newark, Morristown, East Brunswick or Clifton. And keep in mind that we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid until you get paid.