Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of Alabama Places Restrictions on Hoverboards

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of Alabama Places Restrictions on Hoverboards

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The University of Alabama, citing safety concerns, has placed temporary restrictions on storing and recharging hoverboards on campus, including banning them from residential buildings.

The restrictions, announced a week ahead of the scheduled return of students for the spring semester, go into effect immediately and will remain in place until safety concerns are resolved. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating why certain hoverboard models caught fire while being recharged and others while being used.

The decision was made based on the totality of the safety concerns, according to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Steven Hood,

There have been no fires related to the boards on campus, but Hood said the university wanted to be proactive with the potential safety risk. …

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