Attorney General Racine and Federal Consumer Board Urge Public to Stop Use of ‘LayZ Board’ Hoverboards
released on May 31, 2017
found in newsletter: May 2017
D.C. – Attorney General Karl A. Racine and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging consumers to immediately stop using “LayZ Board” self-balancing scooters (known as hoverboards). CPSC has evidence that a LayZ Board was the hoverboard involved in a tragic house fire that took the lives of two young girls on March 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pa.
“This Pennsylvania house fire is a horrific tragedy,” Attorney General Racine said. “No toy is worth the risk that this particular brand of hoverboards poses, according to the CPSC.”
The LayZ Board is a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balancing scooter that has a pivoting platform intended for the rider’s feet, but does not have a handlebar. The name “LayZ Board” appears on the front of the product. According to the CPSC, these hoverboards were manufactured in Shenzhen, China, and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States. Due to the fire hazard posed by these hoverboards, consumers are urged to stop charging and stop using their LayZ Board hoverboards.
Disposing of the LayZ Boards Safely
Consumers who choose to dispose of their hoverboards should take them to a local recycling center for safe handling of the lithium-ion battery. Attorney General Racine is also asking the public to share this warning with friends and family so that no one else is injured by them.
NOTE: This safety warning applies to LayZ Board hoverboards, which is a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards.
Reporting Dangerous Products
If you have encountered a dangerous product or have experienced a product-related injury, you can report it to the CPSC online at www.SaferProducts.gov, by calling the CPSC’s Hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or via teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing-impaired. You can also report dangerous products or any other consumer complaints to the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline at (202) 442-9828, by sending an email to our Office of Consumer Protection at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by submitting a complaint via our online form (available in English and Spanish) here.
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