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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to stop purchasing or using LayZ Board Hoverboards.

A letter from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning residents about hoverboards manufactured by LayZ Board, Inc., after investigators found evidence a LayZ Board was to blame for a house fire on March 10, in Harrisburg, Pa. that claimed the lives of two young girls.

Hunter said the dangerous product should not be purchased or used under any circumstance.

“Oklahomans should not purchase a LayZ Board Hoverboard, but if they have, they need to take it to a local recycling center for safe disposal immediately,” Hunter said. “Using this product is not worth the risk to the safety and security of families and loved ones. I am deeply concerned with the tragic case in Pennsylvania and do not want the citizens of Oklahoma to experience a similar situation. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families who experienced the heartbreaking loss of the two children.”

According to the CPSC, the LayZ Board Hoverboards were manufactured in China and more than 3,000 units were imported into the United States. An ABC News report says a recall on the product is unlikely, suggesting the company is refusing to cooperate with the government.

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Hoverboard Issues

The CPSC has investigated more than 60 hoverboard-related fires since 2015. The Pennsylvania fire was the CPSC’s first reported fatality related to a hoverboard fire.

In 2016, the CPSC issued a recall of more than 500,000 hoverboards by 10 retailers. Authorities urge individuals making a purchase of hoverboards to ensure the product complies with federal standards. Products that are certified will have a UL marking on the package. UL is a safety consulting firm.

story text created on Tuesday 5/23/2017 at 1:42:55 pm by Chris Day
story text modified on Tuesday 5/23/2017 at 4:05:58 pm by Bryce Sealock