As investigations continue into numerous house fires caused by hover boards, authorities are now looking into an incident in California in which a hoverboard apparently caught fire and destroyed a woman's car.
News reports state that the incident occurred in Rialto, California, while Maria Gomez was driving with her cousin and father. According to Gomez, the hoverboard, which was sitting on a floorboard in the car, began smoking.
Speaking to KCAL, Gomez said, “[My cousin] had it between his legs, and he started to go ‘Hey, it’s smoking, it’s smoking.' And my dad said, ‘What?’ And then my cousin said ‘Pull over.'" The three got out of the car, which then caught fire, apparently from the smoking hoverboard, pictured above.
While the Rialto Fire Department has yet to confirm the cause of the fire, Gomez's account aligns with several others around the world, including multiple reports of hoverboards catching fire and damaging homes and catching fire in malls.
The danger has now grown to the point that hover boards have been banned from several airlines and college campuses. And at least one lawmaker in Australia has said she plans to call on the federal government there to ban hover boards as safety hazards.
NFPA has issued a fire safety warning about hoverboards and has produced a customizable tips sheet outlining precautions consumers should take if they purchase a hover board, signs of problems with the self-balancing scooters and what to do in an emergency.