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Hoverboards Recalled For Fire and Explosion Risks -- Again (cnbc.com) 37

An anonymous reader shares a report: The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled hoverboards from several companies over concerns the devices could catch fire or explode. The series of recalls affects roughly 16,000 hoverboards from brands including iHoverspeed, Sonic Smart Wheels, Tech Drift, iLive, Go Wheels, Drone Nerds, LayZ Board and Smart Balance Wheel. All the brands of self-balancing scooters share a common problem: lithium-ion batteries that could potentially overheat and cause a fire or explode. The agency is advising owners to stop using the hoverboards immediately and return them to the appropriate company for a replacement. Consumers can visit the CPSC website for details on the recalls and how to contact companies for replacements.
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Hoverboards Recalled For Fire and Explosion Risks -- Again

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  • by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @03:51PM (#55557071)

    How about recalling them for false advertising? I bought one and it came with WHEELS . Not only that, After hearing all the hype, I was under the impression that riding one of these things would make me look hip and attractive to the opposite sex. So so very disappointed.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How about getting a bicycle and doing some exercise instead?

      • Or a skateboard! Hoverboard is to skateboard as electric bicycle is to pedal bike. SK8 OR DIE!

        This being said, it's not the device itself, just crappy, cut-rate implementation and design.

        • Re:Total fraud... (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Aighearach ( 97333 ) on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @04:20PM (#55557265) Homepage

          Hoverboard is to skateboard as sideways electric bike is to pedal bike. I see folding electric bikes selling for thousands of dollars, but never sideways ones. Upside down, sure, sidecar, sure, 15' tall, sure. Sideways? No.

          The original that they're copying was self-balancing, like a segway! These knockoffs just have pedals that wiggle, with a transistor attached, so you can "balance" it yourself. It is like the difference between a wheelchair, and riding a bike with no hands! No problem for kids, or after you've learned it, but it doesn't really target the people most in need of improved personal transport.

    • Yep; just a perpendicular skateboard!

      Look, if you want to be popular because of your ride, you need to either lose 30 years or buy an airplane. And I don't mean a "light sport" deathtrap, those scare [whatever the opposite sex of piss is] away.

    • Well, I wanted a robot servant and all I got was a stupid phone.
    • Agreed and enjoyed!

      Seriously, where the hell do they get off calling them hoverboards when they absolutely don't? Taking the column off a Segway doesn't make it hover!

    • by stooo ( 2202012 )

      >> I was under the impression that riding one of these things would make me look hip and attractive to the opposite sex.

      That was not advertised on the box.

  • by Luthair ( 847766 ) on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @04:19PM (#55557257)
    Maybe its just me, but personally I won't have anything to do with any product with a lithium ion battery that isn't from a major manufacturer. I find it too risky to accept that someone operating on thin margins is doing all the engineering necessary to ensure their products and supply chains are safe.
  • It is just a weird, powered 2 wheel skateboard like thingy.
  • by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @04:21PM (#55557271)

    The China model is that you have a bunch of factories making stuff but no IP. I.e. no trademarks and no patents.

    So one factory makes a hoverboard, and the others copy it because of no patents and no copyright. However some of them mess up and make something which shorts out the batteries and catches fire. The problem is that then the consumers have no idea if a given hoverboard is from one of the good companies or one of the bad ones. So consumers get wary, and most likely regulators step in and ban them. E.g. they're banned on the NYC subway.

    So a product which could have been pretty popular doesn't.

    Now the US model is different. You have copyright and patents. Most importantly you have trademarks and brands. So you can work out which brands are reliable and buy from them. And patents and copyright mean those brands can't be cloned. Well regarded brands can sell their stuff at a hefty markup from raw materials because people trust them. And copyright and patents mean that the inventors might even get compensated. In China if something sells the guy who owns the factory makes money and the inventor gets nothing.

    Copyrights, patents and brands mean that for an iPad much of the profit stays in the US, even though the hardware is assembled in China and the chips made in Taiwan or Korea.

    https://i.imgur.com/gMTYvBE.pn... [imgur.com]

    https://web.archive.org/web/20... [archive.org]

    Take the iPad, which America imports from China even though it is entirely designed and owned by Apple, an American company. iPads are assembled in Chinese factories owned by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm, largely from parts produced outside China. According to a study by the Personal Computing Industry Centre, each iPad sold in America adds $275, the total production cost, to America's trade deficit with China, yet the value of the actual work performed in China accounts for only $10. Using these numbers, The Economist estimates that iPads accounted for around $4 billion of America's reported trade deficit with China in 2011; but if China's exports were measured on a value-added basis, the deficit was only $150m.

    The chart shows a geographical breakdown of the retail price of an iPad. The main rewards go to American shareholders and workers. Apple's profit amounts to about 30% of the sales price. Product design, software development and marketing are based in America. Add in the profits and wages of American suppliers, and distribution and retail costs, and America retains about half the total value of an iPad sold there. The next biggest gainers are South Korean firms like Samsung and LG, which provide the display and memory chips, whose profits account for 7% of an iPad's value. The main financial benefit to China is wages paid to workers for assembling the product and for manufacturing some inputs-equivalent to only 2% of the retail price.

    Of course this probably isn't lost on the Chinese. The US had very lax copyright laws, up to the point authors lobbied to tighten them up. Dickens complained his books had no copyright protection in the US. The same thing happened to Edgar Allen Poe when his books were not copyright protected in the UK.

    https://www.charlesdickensinfo... [charlesdickensinfo.com]

    While on tour Dickens often spoke of the need for an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled his books to be published in the United States without his permission and without any royalties being paid.

    This situation also affected American writers like Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's works were published in England without his consent.

    Dickens first realized that he was losing income because of the lack of national in international copyright laws in 1837 when The Pickwick Papers was published in book form. At times the novel was reprinted with

    • by l20502 ( 4813775 )

      So a product which could have been pretty popular doesn't.

      It's just an expensive toy/gimmick and I'm glad less materials are wasted on them so that they can be used in more useful/practical forms of locomotion like ebikes.

  • by swell ( 195815 ) <jabberwock&poetic,com> on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @04:40PM (#55557445)

    The CPSC site is nearly useless. First you will see a list with pictures of six models of 'hoverboard' and some other products. Then you are invited to click 'next' to start you toward an unknown number of pages and products. I checked: there are 905 pages. Your tax dollars at work.

    So I searched for 'segway' and it claimed to find 1600 hits. There was a recall for a charging unit and for a software update and possibly one for a unit repair. The rest had nothing to do with Segway AFAIK. They must be using the Google search engine- 5 legitimate hits out of 1600 seems normal for Google.

  • by Kremmy ( 793693 ) on Wednesday November 15, 2017 @06:09PM (#55558049)
    These exploding hoverboards all have one thing in common - retail price tags that are a fraction of what a quality battery pack of the stated capacity actually costs.
  • All the cool kids on campus use electric longboards now, only lame suburban kids use hoverboards.

    We laugh at them.

    A lot.

  • Why cant they just do it right the first time. This is just like Microsoft products nothing works the first time. At least Samsung fixed the problem right away but for hover boards this is the second time they have had to recall them because they can't just do it right the first time.
    • by stooo ( 2202012 )

      We are at Hoverboard Vista home starter basic burning edition.
      Next stop, Hoverboard 10 Pro Burning man edition.

  • Return them for a replacement with what? A hover board that catches fire or explodes?

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