In a letter to manufacturers of hoverboards the CPSC called on makers and sellers to voluntarily take hoverboards off the market until they can be certified as safe by UL, the independent testing firm widely used by U.S. electronics manufacturers and failure to do so could lead to prosecution. CPSC Letter 2-18-16
This announcement came on the shortly after the CPSC opened an investigation in January 2016 to look into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards. Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire.
According to the CPSC its investigation included the safety of hoverboards made and/or sold by:
Smart Balance Wheel/One Stop Electronic Inc.
Smart Balance Wheel Scooter/Glide Boards
Hover-way Hands-Free Electric/Digital Gadgets LLC
Swagway Hands-Free Smart Board/Swagway LLC
Smart Balance Board/I Lean Hoverboards
E-Rover-Mini Smart Balance Scooter/LeCam Technology
Smart Balance Wheels/Kateeskitty
Smart Balance Wheel/Luxiyan and
DEYA LED/E-Rover Smart Balance Wheel /Shenzhen yuan jia jie Technology Co. Ltd