State and university officials in Alabama are starting to take action to prevent the dangers of hoverboards on Alabama campuses. The debate on the danger of hoverboards was, in large part, started by this video of an Alabama man’s hoverboard catching on fire. Since then, the national debate has raged on, resulting in large companies like Amazon and Overstock refusing to sell hoverboards.
Now, Alabama universities are taking action as well.
The University of Alabama Was the First to Ban Hoverboards on Their Campuses
The University of Alabama was the first university in Alabama to ban the use of hoverboards on campus, citing the toy’s tendency to catch on fire. University officials have outlined a temporary ban, including the following rules:
- Hoverboards are not permitted in the University of Alabama’s housing and residential facilities, which includes Greek houses
- Hoverboards are not allowed to be recharged in any building/facility that is owned or leased by the University of Alabama
- Individuals who still choose to ride their hoverboards on campus are required to follow all pedestrian laws as well as traffic laws
In effect, the ban of hoverboards is not a complete ban, but the University of Alabama took a positive step to minimize the dangerous impact that a hoverboard fire could have on the school’s buildings, residential housing and facilities. There is no word on the official timetable of the ban, with officials merely saying that the restrictions on hoverboards will remain until “safety concerns are resolved”.
Other Alabama universities have been following suit with bans and restrictions of their own in recent weeks.
Auburn and Other Alabama Universities Joining the University of Alabama’s Hoverboard Bans
Auburn University and the University of Montevallo were the next Alabama universities to follow suit and ban hoverboards on their campuses. Officials of both universities cite the same fire and injury dangers outlined by the University of Alabama, and as a result, both universities have prohibited both the use of hoverboards and the charging of hoverboard devices inside and outside of campus buildings.
These schools joined the University of Alabama in citing the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s report on the dangers of hoverboards.
Finally, the latest school to join the hoverboard ban is Alabama A&M University. Also placing a temporary ban on the use of these devices, Alabama A&M also cited the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s hoverboards report while also noting that the use, storage and possession of hoverboards on the Alabama A&M campus is expressly prohibited.
As a result, it seems clear that Alabama’s universities have taken stock of the danger associated with hoverboards and have taken active measures to prevent any hoverboard harms on campus. Not only are hoverboards dangerous fire hazards, but they are generally unsafe as well, evidenced by the spike in hoverboard emergency room visits in parts of the country.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a hoverboard injury in the counties of Baldwin, Mobile or Escambia, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for creating a dangerously defective product. Contact Mobile’s product liability attorney Noel B. Leonard for a legal consultation. or call 251-943-8638.