Philadelphia Inquirer

Councilman Wants Kids to Wear Protection on Hoverboards

A Philadelphia City Council member is planning to introduce an ordinance that would fine adults if their children use hoverboards without helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Councilman William Greenlee plans to introduce the legislation Thursday. It would fine parents $25 for improperly protected children and apply to children 12 and under.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 37 reports of the motorized skateboards catching fire and dozens more have been injured from falls.

Hoverboards accelerate or brake depending on the user's lean.

Greenlee says he considered requiring just helmets until he saw reports of children sustaining leg and arm injuries and decided to include additional protective gear.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer.  

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