Feds warn NHT X1-5 hoverboards sold on Amazon of fire


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers against using or charging certain hoverboards sold by Amazon and other retailers as their lithium batteries can overheat and ignite.

The board's manufacturer, New High-Tech Enterprise (NHT), has refused the federal agency's request to recall the product, although "it poses a fire risk that could result in inhalation of smoke or serious injury, including death," the federal agency said in a press release this week. The Commission was aware that a hoverboard X1-5 overheated and smoked.

A sample hoverboard has been tested and does not meet security standards, CPSC added.

The Houston, Texas-based manufacturer sold the NHT X1-5 hoverboards to consumers online at www.nhthoverboard.com, www.Amazon.com and www.ewheelsusa.com/hoverboard/, according to the CPSC.

While the X1-5 has a so-called UL mark, it is no longer listed by Underwriter Laboratories, a company that tests electronics and certifies it as safe, the agency said. A white label on the bottom of the hoverboard indicates: "Model: X1-5" and "Product name: Balance Scooter".

NHT X1-5 hoverboard

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC could not say how many of the boards were sold, nor how long, and a spokesman pointed out NHT's lack of cooperation. The agency could also not be sure that the boards would no longer be sold. "We fear that they may be resold on the secondary market or that they may still be in the home of consumers from the time of the initial sale," a spokesman told CBS MoneyWatch.

NHT has not returned any comment requests.

Injuries from fallsIn addition to reports of hoverboards lighting up, the product has been plagued since its popularity Five years ago,