Following mounting safety concerns nationwide about the devices, hoverboards have been banned from Connecticut state college and university campuses, officials announced this week
Hoverboards — self-balancing, motorized scooter boards that have become increasingly popular — can not be charged, operated, or stored on any of the 17 campuses within the Connecticut State Colleges and University System, according to the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
Board members said in a statement the decision was made based on fire safety and collision concerns in light of “the abundance of reported safety issues with the devices.” Prohibiting them on campuses is consistent with the system’s Student Code of Conduct, which prohibits “behavior or activity which endangers the health, safety or wellbeing of others,” the statement said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced today that it is also banning hoverboards aboard trains, buses, and at stations in New York and on the Metro-North Railroad.
“For obvious reasons, it is not safe to use hoverboards, skateboards or other personal wheeled vehicles on station platforms,” MTA Chief Safety Officer David Mayer said. “We’re equally concerned about the safety risk of bringing devices that pose fire hazards into the confined spaces inside trains and buses.”
Hoverboards have made headlines in recent weeks. On Monday, for instance, a hoverboard that was plugged into an electrical outlet burst into flames, damaging a home in California. Last week a boy’s hoverboard burst into flames as he was riding it in his Pennsylvania home.
Last week, retail giant Amazon announced it will offer full refunds for any hoverboards bought on its site.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation into the devices’ safety and the National Association of Fire Marshals has issued a warning that spontaneous fires potentially are linked to the batteries that power the boards.