In 1989, the Back to the Future franchise made several fanciful predictions about 2015. One prediction may now be coming true: hoverboards have hit the streets — sort of. The currently-available hoverboards, as opposed to the Hollywood fantasy ones, are more properly described as hands-free, self-balancing scooters. Fueled by viral videos and celebrity social media posts, these battery-powered scooters are quickly becoming the must-have gift of the holiday season.
As the popularity of these hoverboards increases, however, so too does the potential for claims against manufacturers and sellers. Over the last three months, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has reportedly learned about nearly 20 separate injuries from hoverboard-related accidents, ranging from sprains and contusions to broken bones and at least one head injury.
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