The holiday season is a time of celebration and gift-giving among families and friends throughout the nation. Children in Florida and elsewhere often anticipate getting a new toy or two according to the latest trends and popular items in the marketplace. There seems to be a problem, however, with certain potentially defective products that many kids wanted for Christmas, without realizing that the toys may pose a personal injury risk.
Hoverboards were apparently one of the hottest items on the wish lists of children across the nation this year. Viewed by some as a futuristic mode of transportation, children everywhere have been happily receiving the motorized skate-board style toy among their Christmas gifts. The problem seems to be that the products keep catching on fire.
One man who bought a Hoverboard for his children has since filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer and the sporting goods store where he purchased it. He said that the toy caught on fire while charging, and he is seeking a class action lawsuit because others have suffered similar risks from using the products. An Alabama couple is suing a seller from a mall kiosk where they bought their Hoverboard, which also reportedly caused a fire in their home.
In addition to fires being reported through normal use of the potentially defective products, others have suffered serious injuries from falling while riding the toys. Multiple reports of people having to go to the emergency room after riding Hoverboards have been documented. Florida parents whose children have suffered injury after playing with a purchased toy may have questions regarding how to file a legal claim against a manufacturer and/or retail store. It is typically prudent, in such cases, to direct those questions to an experienced personal injury lawyer who has clear understanding of product liability law and knowledge of the legal process.
Source: fox6now.com, “Hoverboards a gift for personal injury lawyers: At least two lawsuits in the works“, Dec. 30, 2015