Fire Department urges hoverboard safety

The Columbus Fire Department wants area residents to be aware that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of 500,000 hoverboard scooters.

Capt. Mike Wilson, fire department spokesman, says that the scooters are being recalled due to risk of fire, personal injury, and property damage. He says that there have been 99 reported incidents of the lithium-ion battery packs overheating leading to sparking, smoking and fire. In some cases the battery pack exploded, causing injuries and property damage.

Wilson says that hoverboard owners should stop using them and return them to the manufacturer for a refund, free repair or replacement. These products were sold in department stores nationwide from June 2015 through May 2016 and may have been purchased online.

If you need help determining if you have one recalled models, Wilson urges you to call the Columbus Fire Department at (812) 376-2679.