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In North Suburban Lab, Exploding Hoverboards All In A Day’s Work

In North Suburban Lab, Exploding Hoverboards All In A Day’s Work


WE BOUGHT MORE THAN 5000 HOVERBOARDS IN THE LAST MONTHS OF 2015. BY US, I MADE — I MEAN ALL OF YOU. FIRE IS A BIG CONCERN. FENCE WENT TO THE LABS OF THUNDER WIDER ENGINEERS — OF THE UNDERWRITER ENGINEERS. Reporter: TODAY 52 CASES OF HOVERBOARDS SPONTANEOUSLY BURSTING INTO FLAMES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN 52 STATES — AND 50 STATES. IT IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN FOR THE ENGINEERS AT THE NORTH BROOK BASED UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES. WE KNOW THIS IS A COUNTERFEIT HOVERBOARD. IT HAS NEVER BEEN TESTED. Reporter: YOU MAY HAVE ONE LITHIUM ION BATTERY IN YOUR CELL PHONE, BUT HOVERBOARDS ARE POWERED BY TWO DOZEN LINKED TOGETHER. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ENGINEERS PIERCED A SINGLE BATTERY WITH A NAIL. THE EXPLOSION YOU JUST SAW, MULTIPLY THAT BY 24 CELLS ON A HOVERBOARD. IT IS MULTIPLYING UPON ITSELF. Reporter: IF A CERTIFIED BATTERY EXPLODES, THE PIZZA SHOULD NOT BECOME PROJECTILES. IN THIS TEST, PIECES WERE HURLED BE ON THE PROTECTIVE SCREEN TO AN UNSAFE DISTANCE. WHY IS IT NOW WE ARE SEEING THESE ISSUES WITH BATTERIES CATCHING FIRE? IT IS A NEW APPLICATION. YOU HAVE A MUCH BIGGER PACKAGE OF BATTERIES HERE. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT INNOVATION AND SAFETY GO HAND IN HAND. THE HOVERBOARD GOT AHEAD OF ITSELF. Reporter: LOOK ONE MORE TIME. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BATTERY IS PUNCTURED. TODAY, NOT A SINGLE MANUFACTURER HAS COME FORWARD FOR URL APPROVAL. IT IS SO HARD BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE FUN, BUT THERE IS AN INHERENT DANGER. KIDS LOVE THEM, BUT THEY NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE PICTURE THAT YOU JUST SHOWED. Reporter: IF YOU HAVE ONE AT HOME, MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON’T CHARGE YOU FOR A LONG TIME UNATTENDED.

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