Hoverboards: Fun toys or dangerous gadgets?

“The new trend in all the celebrities is a new toy which is also a means of travel. A gadget that can go up to 10 miles per hour until you are thrown off with a scraped up knee, this new toy is trending everywhere. Hoverboard manufacturers need to work out a few kinks. Considering how quickly these things skyrocketed in popularity, it hopefully won’t take long before they do that.”

Boy on a hoverboard

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A few months back, I read an article about hoverboards and how they were destined to become the “it” toy of the year. I immediately thought about getting one for my eldest, but the more I checked them out, the less sure I was that it would be a good fit. There’s no learning curve with a hoverboard. Once you’re on it, it starts moving. And riders have to figure out how it’s going to respond while traveling at speeds of about 6-12 mph. Um, I think I’ll pass for now.

But hoverboards have become the big toy this year, and many parents are only now beginning to understand the implications of that shiny new toy they bought. Over the past few months, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (or CPSC) has identified 39 emergency room visits related to hoverboard falls. Most of these have been the standard fractures, sprains and abrasions. But there have also been a number of serious head injuries and at least one fatality when a boy in London fell off his hoverboard into the path of an oncoming bus.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/blogs/hoverboards-fun-toys-dangerous-gadgets