Dangerous Design: Recalling the Jetson Rogue Hoverboard After Fire Kills Two Children

Hey tech followers, it’s Nuked here. I’m here to let you know about a serious issue involving hoverboards. Recently, a hoverboard was recalled due to a fire risk.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website, the 42-volt Jetson Rogue is being recalled because its lithium-ion battery packs can overheat. This can lead to dangerous fires, as evidenced by the fire marshal in Pennsylvania who determined that a Jetson Rogue was the point of origin for a fire that killed two children.

The parents of the children are taking legal action against Jetson and Target, alleging they should have known of the risk of fire-related injuries due to the design of the Jetson Rogue. The CPSC also reports that there have been multiple other reports of the recalled scooters / hoverboards burning, sparking or melting.

Both the CPSC and Jetson are urging customers to stop using and charging their Jetson Rogues and to get in touch with Jetson for a refund. If you have an affected unit, you can contact Jetson through the instructions on the CPSC’s website or on Jetson’s website.

The Rogue recall affects about 53,000 units for hoverboards sold by Target from August 2018 through June 2019 and on Jetson’s website from January 2019 through November 2021. Other Jetson hoverboard models are not part of the recall, and are still on sale.

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