Family sues Amazon after hoverboard burns house down

GadgetsOctober 31, 20168:42 PM PDT

The Fox family home was destroyed when the hoverboard's battery overheated.

Nashville Fire Department

The hoverboard craze may have come to a screeching halt after a spate of the devices caught fire earlier this year, but the nightmare isn't over for some. A board purchased from Amazon (before it ceased hoverboard sales entirely in February 2016) caused the destruction of a home, and the six-member Fox family of Nashville, Tennessee is seeking reparations from 10 defendants, including Amazon.

The hoverboard's lithium ion battery overheated on January 9 and destroyed the home. The family is claiming that the hoverboard was a counterfeit product from China, not one containing a Samsung battery. The Amazon seller has not responded to requests from lawyers. In Tennessee, the seller is liable if the manufacturer cannot be found. The family's lawyer has yet to find the manufacturer, even after months of investigation.

"The Foxes contend that Amazon and its various subsidiaries had information about the danger of this product well in advance of the January 9 fire, and on top of that, they had notice, they should have known the product was being misrepresented on their website," said Steve Anderson of law firm Anderson & Reynolds PLC.

The lawsuit is seeking $30 million in damages.

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