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Hoverboards that randomly start on fire are being recalled

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In what might be one of the least surprising recalls ever, more than half a million hoverboards are being recalled.

Why? Because they kept blowing up or starting on fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it's received 99 reports of lithium-ion battery packs on the two-wheeled scooters "overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding."

People have been burned by them, and it's caused property damage – including burning houses down and nearly killing people.

The problem was so bad, places like Target and Amazon decided to step selling the hoverboards while the cause was being investigated.

This affects 10 different sellers, and totals about 501,000 hoverboards. Here's the list:

They were sold from June 2015 through May 2016, for anywhere from $350 to $900. All of them were manufactured in China.

If you've got one, you should immediately stop using it and contact the company issuing the recall for a refund, or a fix.

Sketchy batteries seem to be the problem

The Safety Commission previously sent a notice to makers, importers and retailers urging them to make sure the self-balancing scooters they’re selling meet “voluntary safety standards” – because the ones that don’t meet those standards pose “an unreasonable risk of fire to consumers,” the agency says.

The problem stems from the lithium-ion battery packs and power supplies – some are counterfeit or not Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified.

These batteries are believed to be the cause of numerous fires. From Dec. 1, 2015, through Feb. 17, CPSC has received reports of 52 self-balancing scooter fires, totaling $2 million in property damages, including the destruction of two homes and a vehicle.

The agency believes the fires could have been prevented if the hoverboards met the safety standards.

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