The future is now. Or at least, those hoverboards we’ve seen in movies for the past number of years have finally arrived. You know, kind of like a skateboard that drives itself. The kids seem to like it, anyway. Rumor has it Amazon was selling one every twelve seconds on Black Friday. So, the demand is certainly there, but is the product a worthy one?
You can get a board for a little as a few hundred dollars or you can go big and spring for Justin Beiber’s board of choice and spend more than a grand. Either way, there are some serious safety concerns with this hot ticket item.
A list celebrities made them cool and now all the kids want one. The only problem being, these hoverboards are an unregulated item. Essentially, there are no standards by which companies must adhere. Different brands may have very different designs and there is really no way to tell if there has been any safety testing completed. A reputable dealer may be able to offer you the information you require but the law doesn’t demand the manufacturers follow any specific safety requirements. This is of grave concern for some shoppers who have been reading stories about hoverboards gone bad. One CBS new article discusses a fire started by an hours old board that was plugged in to charge and ABC reports of other consumers who are blaming dangerous fires on the charging hoverboards.
Could the must-have gift for this year be too dangerous? Consumers on social media have taken to discussing not only the fire issues related to the hoverboards but also the emergency room visits. Even with the suggested helmet and knee pads, dangerous falls have been giving these already questionable boards a bad name. Maybe these hoverboards will finally overtake the trampoline for being an ER doctor’s worst nightmare.
Or maybe, we just weren’t as ready for the future as we though we were.