The Hoverboard: Christmas' Most Exciting Gift and Most Dangerous
Americans are learning the hard way that in some cases, the hoverboard, which became the hottest Christmas gift of 2015, is living up to its dangerous reputation.
Videos of hoverboard accidents have popped up all over social media.
OK, this is the best Christmas fail of 2015. And the best hoverboard fail of 2015. Just watch it, dammit. pic.twitter.com/J7P3VL4NQ1— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) December 28, 2015
So we got a hoverboard..... pic.twitter.com/aXTKHP0IcJ— K I N G (@themadisonking) December 26, 2015
Even professional baseball player Dan Uggla is not immune to the hazards of the hoverboard. All seemed to be going well as he played with one with his kids, until he fell.
Hilarious! He will prob kill me for posting because he is actually amazing on these things like he is at everything but I caught him not paying attention...😂😂😂 also,I've seen grown men not even able to get on them and these two kids nailed it on their first day! They got the athlete gene. #phunkeeduck #hoverboard #athletes #ornot #cmondad
Carlos Curbelo, a Florida congressman, ended up in the emergency room after injuring his arm in a hoverboard accident.
Experts say that a lot of accidents are caused by people making the same critical mistakes, including not getting on and off the right way.
Tony Le, who manufactures Gli-Tek hoverhoards, showed INSIDE EDITION what many are doing wrong.
"People, when they step right on they try and go really fast. When someone steps forward [ getting off] they basically have no control and the thing flips on you," Le said.
Le, who recommended stepping off the device backwards, also said users have to calibrate a hoverboard when it is first being used.