Florida Gulf Coast University Puts a Ban on Hoverboards

The bans on hoverboards are on the rise.  These popular two-wheeled, self-balancing boards which have been banned from several airlines are now being banned on college campuses across America.  Just recently our very own “Dunk City,” Florida Gulf Coast University was added to the list and has placed a ban on all hoverboard use on campus.

Here is a list of just a few other Universities who have also put a ban or restrictions on hoverboards:

Why are Hoverboards being banned?

Hoverboards may appear to be simple to use, but if the rider is inexperienced or is multi-tasking while operating the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter, there is a risk of injury for the user as well as injury to those who are nearby.  These injuries can range from bumps and bruises to fractures and head injuries.  In addition to the injuries which could occur due to user error or negligence, hoverboards also pose a safety risk to consumers due to the possibility of exploding or causing fires.  Dozens of reports have been filed with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding incidents where hoverboards have burst into flames while being charged or while in use.  According to the CPSC, there have been a total of 52 hoverboard fires in 24 states between December 1, 2015 and February 17, 2016.

In February 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission wrote a letter to the Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters stating the new safety standards and requirements for hoverboards, or self-balancing scooters.  The CPSC also stated that if self-balancing scooters do not meet the safety standards, that they may seize or recall the products.  For more information visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/.

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If you or someone you know is injured due to a hoverboard malfunctioning or exploding, it is best to seek advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury.  Selecting an experienced attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve.  The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have been helping clients for over 50 years.  We provide a free consultation to discuss your case and determine what can be done to protect your rights.  Call today to schedule your appointment.

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