Every holiday season brings out another new fad to sweep the nation, and this year is no different: the hoverboards are here! However, many are wondering just how safe are these new hoverboards—and the short answer is, it’s not safe at all.
While they do seem cool in theory, these hoverboards are actually less hover and more board. More technically, it is a two-wheel, self-balancing mini scooter.
To everyone’s eternal consternation, today’s technology has not yet reached the point where we can replicate the ride that Michael J. Fox experienced in Back to the Future.
Initially, the concern was people would fall off of hoverboards and be seriously hurt. However, that instinctual fear has fallen by the wayside as it has been replaced with a much more real and unpredictable problem–hoverboards are catching on fire.