Technologists are paying close attention to mobile devices and gadgets like hoverboards that are operated with lithium batteries as more cases of fires arise. Last Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a two-year-old girl died in a house fire caused by a hoverboard that caught fire while charging. Two other children made it out of the fire and are now in critical condition.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been investigating fires caused by hoverboards since 2015 and urges people who own hoverboards to stop using them to avoid serious and life threatening injuries. "We've concluded pretty definitively that these are not safe products the way they were designed," Chairman Elliot Kaye said in July 2016.