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Exploring the Safety Concerns of Two-Wheel Balance Electric Scooters

In recent years, there have been alarming reports of two-wheel balance electric scooters, popularly known as hoverboards, catching fire. This issue gained widespread attention when certain brands and models of these trendy gadgets started showing signs of overheating and igniting, raising significant safety concerns among customers. But what exactly are the brands associated with these fire incidents? Understanding the origins of such incidents can help potential hoverboard buyers avoid purchasing devices that could pose a risk to their safety.

In 2015 and 2016, reports of hoverboard fires became common news, prompting the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a recall of over 500,000 units from various brands in July 2016. The hoverboard brands The hoverboard brands associated with these incidents included Swagway, Airwalk, Razor, Hovertrax, and more. One of the primary reasons behind the fires was the use of substandard lithium-ion batteries, which had the tendency to overheat and explode.

While multiple brands had their products recalled, it should be noted that not all instances of hoverboard fires could be directly attributed to the manufacturers. In many cases, the fires were caused by unauthorized third-party chargers or batteries purchased by consumers to replace the original components.

In the wake of these occurrences, the CPSC introduced new safety standards for hoverboards, requiring them to pass specific tests to minimize the risk of fires. This led many hoverboard manufacturers to improve their products, obtaining certifications such as the UL 2272 safety standard, which significantly reduced the number of fire incidents.

In conclusion, if you are considering buying a two-wheel balance electric scooter or hoverboard, it is essential to be aware of the brands previously associated with fire incidents. However, it is equally important to understand that most reputable brands have addressed these issues and now offer safer products. Always ensure that the hoverboard you are purchasing is UL 2272 certified and avoid using unauthorized third-party chargers or batteries.

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