The makers of a popular hoverboard the Hover-1 Superfly Hoverboard say the 2020 model of the board is being recalled.  The popular hoverboard  was sold here in San Angelo by popular retailers in the area including Walmart and Best Buy.  I know there are customers of this hoverboard in San Angelo, because a teen jets by the radio station here on South Abe every afternoon on one.

Why the recall?  The manufacturer says the 2020 model of the device can keep moving even when its operator want the hoverboard to remain still.  That is the main reason I've never bought a hoverboard.  I just thought they all did that.

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A total of 93-thousand of the boards have been recalled by the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The problem is caused by a software glitch on the self-balancing board's electrical system which keeps powering the motor causing "continuing momentum" even when the rider is saying "WHOA!"  If only this hoverboard was as obedient as a horse.

There have been 29 reported incidents and four reported minor injuries.   The boards are no longer on the market, but were sold in San Angelo through last summer at Best Buy.

Photo: HiTechKing via YouTube
Photo: HiTechKing via YouTube
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If you own one of the boards, no matter how tempting it is to give your boss a riding lesson or that annoying co-worker, don't do it.  There is an online form you can fill out, so they can issue you more information about getting a refund or trading up to a newer model without the problem.  The Hoverboard sold for $200. Apparently, the newer models have rectified the issue and are "safe".  Although, I'm not sure anyone would be able to accurately describe any model of these hoverboards as "safe", unless you have a balance skillset far superior to me.

 

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