A second child has died following a fire from a recharging hoverboard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Savannah Dominick, 10, died at a hospital suffering from 95 percent burns covering her body on Thursday, NBC Philadelphia reports. Three year old Ashanti Hughes was unfortunately ruled dead on Saturday, and multiple sources believe this is the first death caused by a hoverboard in the United States.
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While hoverboards are known for its thrill rides and edgy style, it’s no secret manufacturers have recalled the devices due to various cases of fire hazards.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s acting chairwoman, Ann Marie Buerkle, was asked by Pennsylvania Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to “identify whether the hoverboard involved was included in the July 2016 recall.”
Buerkle shortly responded releasing a statement while sending her condolences to the two victims families, and stating her case on the current investigation.
“An important part of our investigation is determining the make and model of the hoverboard. We want to know whether the hoverboard was a previously recalled model or a different model that would need further analysis by CPSC technical staff. I urge consumers who own a hoverboard to check to see if it has been recalled.”