Product Safety: Are Hoverboards Safe?

Hoverboards were one of the hottest gifts for kids this past Christmas — until they came under fire – literally.

At least 12 reports of hoverboard fires in 10 states are being investigated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The investigation includes testing new hoverboards, as well as those involved in accidents, to find out why they caught fire while being charged — and why some even ignited while being used.

These electric-powered skateboards are landing some consumers in the hospital. Emergency Rooms are reporting injuries such as concussions, fractures, contusions and internal organ injuries.

The CPSC is asking consumers to inform them of accidents or any sort of safety problem with their hoverboard. The Safety Commission is also urging consumers to treat the hoverboard like a regular skateboard by wearing protective gear, such as:

A helmet
Elbow pads
And knee pads

Another advisement from the CPSC is to not charge your hoverboard while you sleep. According to reports received, supposedly a majority of the hoverboard fire incidents occurred overnight while charging.

In other news, are crib bumpers really safe for your children? A new study says NO.

A report published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that 23 babies died from 2006 to 2012 from suffocation due to a crib bumper.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American SIDS Institute are advising parents NOT to use crib bumpers because of the dangers they present.

According to the Academy of Pediatrics, there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, instead, they do carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment.

Only the Consumer Product Safety Commission can implement federal regulations to ban crib bumpers. The CPSC is currently investigating crib bumper deaths due to the recent research.

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