Should Hoverboards be banned?
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Hoverboards ought not to be banned because the risk is small. Hoverboards were a very popular holiday gift and 77 accidents is small compared to the total number of the devices sold. Only 22 of the accidents were fires, the majority are falls; anyone can fall from anything, risk of injury from falls isn't sufficient cause to ban an item else ladders, bicycles, skateboards, and many other things should be banned. People should be free to decide whether the risk of injury outweighs the fun they could have from the boards, we don't need an outside force to make the decision and prohibit us from buying and using them.
The already small risk can be further reduced without jumping to the very extreme reaction of a ban. The following tips recommended by the CPSC chairman can greatly reduce risks:
1.Avoid buying the product at a location (like a mall kiosk) or on a website that does not have information about who is selling the product and how they can be contacted if there is a problem. 2.If you do not think you could find the seller again, were a problem to arise with your board, that should be a warning to you not to do business with them.
3.Do not charge a hoverboard overnight or when you are not able to observe the board.
4.Charge and store in an open dry area away from combustibles (meaning items that can catch fire).
5.Do not charge directly after riding. Let the device cool for an hour before charging.
6.If giving a hoverboard to someone for the holidays, leave it in its partially charged state. Do not take it out of the package to bring it to a full charge and then wrap it back up. Often, the product comes partially charged. Leave it in that state until it is ready to be used.
6.Look for the mark of a certified national testing laboratory. While this does not rule out counterfeits, the absence of such a mark means your safety is likely not a priority for that manufacturer.
7.Do not ride near vehicular traffic.
8.It is important to wear safety gear when using a hoverboard. We recommend the same safety gear that you would wear when riding a skateboard -- a skateboard helmet, and knee and elbow pads and wrist guards for protection from falls
Some of the risk can be reduced by imposing safety standards, which are a less restrictive and less extreme action than a ban. Manufacturers should use quality batteries to reduce the risk of fine, a third party could do testing to ensure that the products meet reasonable safety standards. A disclaimer should accompany all sales informing the consumer of the risks and some tips to help reduce them.
Some of the costs associated with damages from hoverboard accidents can be attempted to be recovered by tort law. This helps make right any wrongs caused by manufacturers and sellers failing to disclose risks.
Source 1: http://www.cpsc.gov...
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I apologize for this very short and hastily written R2. I'm sick with a fever and it's hard for me to get anything done right now.
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The risk of hoverboards is small, the reaction of a ban is big; the prescribed action of a ban is too extreme of a reaction to a small threat.
Since the risk is mostly limited to the user of the board that person ought to be free to decide whether that risk is worth the fun for them. If they hurt someone else then restitution can be made through tort law.
Other less extreme measures than a ban (disclaimer, insurance, recall on defective models, safety standards for battery, etc.) can be taken to mitigate the already small risks that the boards pose.
Following the safety advice recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission can eliminate some of the dangers.
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