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Hoverboards look like a lot of fun, but they don't actually hover and they could be very dangerous. Hoverboards consist of a small, horizontal plank that you stand on, with two battery-powered wheels on either side. They are currently propelling kids and adults through our nation's airports, on busy sidewalks and literally all over the place. However, they are also dangerous -- causing fires, serious injuries and other kinds of mayhem throughout the world.

U.S. safety officials are now trying to determine what is wrong with this popular holiday gift item. They keep catching on fire, and people are suffering a lot of injuries while riding on them.

50 Injuries Reported So Far

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that it knows of 50 injuries and fires caused by hoverboards. That's 10 more reports since Dec. 10. The agency says that 39 emergency room visits were required as a result of collision and fall injuries. Among the injuries were 16 bone fractures, five abrasions or contusions, two concussions, two head injuries and seven sprains or strains. In addition, three cuts and four wrist, shoulder or ankle injuries occurred.

Even worse, in 2015, there have been 11 or more reports of hoverboard-related fires in 10 different states. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has not ordered a recall of the product just yet; however, it is currently investigating why hoverboards are overheating. The agency also issued a warning to consumers that they should use caution when dealing with hoverboards.

Don't Leave Hoverboards Unattended While Charging

Consumers have been advised not to leave their hoverboards charging without supervision, nor should they place hoverboards under Christmas trees with a full charge. Hoverboard riders are further advised to wear helmets and protective gear and to stay away from streets to avoid car accidents. A spokesperson for the agency said, "Make sure you are there when charging and awake, and wait to charge until it is ready to be used."

Over the last week, all leading airlines in the United States have banned hoverboards from their planes. If you're scheduled for a Delta, American, United or Southwest flight, you'd better leave the hoverboard at home. Delta says that the problem relates to the lithium-ion batteries used in the hoverboards. These types of batteries do not adhere to watt-hour limits imposed on batteries allowed on commercial passenger jets.

Consumers who have been injured or burned by flaming hoverboards may have strong claims for restitution in court. Also, consumers hurt in hoverboard accidents while using this product may want to investigate whether they have viable personal injury claims for damages.

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