Reports about hoverboards starting fires have apparently been coming in with alarming frequency in the US, as well as the UK and Hong Kong. The question is, what is actually the cause of hoverboards catching fires?
Causes of hoverboards starting fires
There does not appear to be a single common cause of hoverboards starting fires. Boards have caught fire while on charge, while being in use, and even while parked outside a shop.
Experts believe that there is one common factor likely to be responsible for these fires, and resulting personal injuries. Hoverboards use lithium ion batteries similar to those used in smart phones, laptop computers, tablets and similar portable gadgets.
Dangers of lithium ion batteries
The trouble with these batteries, or battery packs, is that they are extremely volatile and overheating and punctures could easily cause overheating or short circuits, which in turn could start a fire or set off an explosion.
Knocks and bumps while riding a hoverboard may be enough to cause hoverboards starting fires. In some cases, fires may also have been started by low quality batteries developing faults.
If your hoverboard went up in flames and you sustained a personal injury as a result of a defective battery or another fault on the board, you could be able to lodge a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
In a similar way, accidental injuries sustained as a result of other defective equipment or poor workmanship causing fires, explosions or slips, trips or falls may also warrant a claim for personal injury compensation.
If, for instance, a new washing machine has a fault or is plumbed in incorrectly and you are subsequently injured by slipping on water leaking from the machine, you may be able to claim.
Other instances would be a defective gas cooker exploding, a poorly fixed roof resulting in injuries by falling roof tiles, or a poorly fitted carpet causing an injury by tripping.
When and how to claim
Public liability claims must be initiated within three years of the date the injury by faulty product was sustained.
You can get a claim started by calling us, Accident Advice Helpline, as soon after your accident on our freephone helpline 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from landlines.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice