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Hoverboards: what you need to know

Hoverboards: what you need to know


THOSE DELAYS WE MAY SEE DURING YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON. 6:49 NOW. HOVERBOARDS ARE ALL OVER THE NEWS BECAUSE SOME HAVE REPORTEDLY BURST INTO FLAMES. BUT IN THIS STACI ALERT THIS MORNING WE’RE FINDING OUT THEY MAY BE DANGEROUS FOR OTHER REASONS. NIKKI HAS MORE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALREADY INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRES THAT YOU MENTIONED AND JUST THE SAFETY OF THE SCOOTERS IN GENERAL. MEANWHILE, CONSUMER REPORTS JUST EVALUATED THREE HOVERBOARDS CONFIRMING THEY CAN BE DANGEROUS, BUT NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THOSE RECENT REPORTS OF FIRE. CELEBRITIES HELPED MAKE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS THIS HOT HOLIDAY GIFT. THE FUNKY DUCK. WITH SOME MODELS COSTING $1,500 AND UP. AS WITH A LOT OF POPULAR GADGETS, MANUFACTURERS ARE NOW MAKING SIMILAR DEVICES THAT ARE SOLD UNDER DOZENS OF NAMES WITH VARIOUS PRICES. THAT MAKES IT TOUGH TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THAT YOU’RE BUYING. CONSUMER REPORTS BOUGHT THREE BOARDS AT DIFFERENT PRICES TO COMPARE. THE SWAGWAY FOR $400, THE $600 MONOROVER. ENGINEER BERNIE DEED TRICK TOOK THEM APART TO COMPARE THEM. THOUGH SOME OF THE COMPONENTS ARE DIFFERENT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SCOOTER IS NEARLY IDENTICAL. ALL OF THE SCOOTERS CONSUMER REPORTS EVALUATED USED THE SAME TYPE OF BATTERIES. THEY’RE ALL POWERED BY LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, A TYPE OF BATTERY WHAT HAS CAUSED FIRES IN THE PAST. THOSE TYPES OF INSTANCES ARE RARE. ALL THE SCOOTERS CONSUMER REPORTS CHECKED OUT RIDE THE SAME WAY USING SUBTLE SHIFTS IN WEIGHT TO STEER THE BOARD IN THE DIRECTION YOU WANT TO GO. IT TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO AND IT’S BEST TO START WITH A SPOTTER, BUT ALL RIDERS CAUGHT ON PRETTY QUICKLY. THE SUBTLE BODY MOVEMENTS ARE EASY TO CONTROL AT LOW SPEED, BUT WHEN YOU GET GOING FASTER AND YOU HIT A BUMP AND IT CAUSES YOU TO SHIFT YOUR BALANCE, YOU CAN SEE EASILY LOSE CONTROL. AS BERNIE LEARNED FIRSTHAND DURING HIS SPEED TEST, WIPING OUT ON A SEEMINGLY SMOOTH SURFACE. IT WENT THAT WAY AND I WAS GOING THAT WAY. AND THESE YouTube VIDEOS WILL CONFIRM WHY CONSUMER REPORTS RECOMMENDS WEARING A SKATEBOARD HELMET, PADS AND GUARDS WHILE RIDING ANY ELECTRIC SCOOTER. THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, THEY HAVE REPORTS OF 39 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS RELATED TO THE SCOOTERS, INCLUDING 13 FRACTURES. THE AGENCY IS ALSO INVESTIGATING 11 SCOOTER FIRES AND BE AWARE SEVERAL AIRLINES, AIRPORT AND MALLS HAVE

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