Segway Fire Risk

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A lot of people got Segways for Christmas but now wish that they hadn’t.

Over the past couple of weeks, hundreds of youngsters have reported that their Segways (two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle) have caught fire when they have been riding them or when their new means of transport has been charging.

These popular toys are powered by lithium ion battery packs. Unfortunately, the liquid inside is highly flammable, especially if the battery short-circuits.

After all the adverse publicity, many owners have discarded their hover boards and are very relieved that they have not been injured. Some stores are even refusing to stock these items.

A Tesco spokesman said: ” We’ve suspended the sale of all hover boards both in store and online as a precautionary measure.”

One very upset owner said, “All of a sudden white smoke started coming out of the Segway board. Then all of a sudden it explodes and goes boom.”

Certainly, many people will be delaying buying these popular toys until the problems are resolved.

This is another setback for the Segway makers. Recently, the Crown Prosecution Service declared that in the UK the product should only be operated on private land.


Jake,Year 5

Cottesmore Millfield Academy


31 Responses to Segway Fire Risk

  1. Bill Thompson January 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations on your first article to be published, Jake.

    It’s an important message to get out. (I’m pleased you found a relevant quote too.)

    YJA Senior Editor

  2. Georgia January 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    well done Jake, brilliant story, I loved your synonyms and description!

  3. Andrew Miller January 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Good reading and very enlightening. Thanks for the Info Jake.

  4. Al Sansome January 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    An extremely informative and important piece of journalism. Good research and written to a professional standard.
    Top marks Jake! Looking forward to your future articles.

  5. admin January 19, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Great article Jake. I saw a young lad ‘riding’ one of these in Lincoln before Christmas time (which I believe is illegal to ride one on pavements) and he didn’t look that stable on it.

    Within the last few days a video was uploaded to YouTube showing someone unboxing a brand new one and once it was turned on it immediately burst in to flames…Scary!

    YJA Managing Editor

  6. Clare January 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    A fantastic first published article and very well researched. I’m very proud of you and I look forward to reading your future articles.

  7. Mrs Rachel Thomas January 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Congratulations on your first article Jake, I hope this is the first of many! Thank you for writing about an important safety issue, I wonder how many children actually received these hover boards as gifts this Christmas?

  8. Fiona Eltham January 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Well done Jake,
    A brilliant first report and some fantastic facts and quotes . Well researched .

  9. Mrs smit January 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    An excellent article written in a very professional manner xxx brilliant quote jake, well done on your obvious effort with this very informative piece.

  10. Mrs S Collins January 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    A superb article Jake, it has made me think twice about purchasing a Segway any time soon. Some very important safety issues raised. Congratulations on the publication.

  11. Sarafina Kiso January 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    A very interesting and very informative piece of reading. Very professionally written. I wouldn’t have known a Year 5 has written this! Both my sons have been asking for a Segway, I will read them your article and I know they will have a change of mind. Well done. Congratulations on your first piece of work and wishing you all the best in the future!!

  12. Mrs Clare Messenger January 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    A super article highlighting the dangers of the Segway. Well done Jake! I look forward to reading many more articles from you in the future.

  13. Naiomi Adams January 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Well done Jake on such a fantastic and educational article, and also writing about a very current safety issue cannot be easy. Such a professional written article from a very talented young man. I can’t wait to read more articles in the future.

  14. Mrs Ann Miskell January 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    A really informative and well written report, Jake. You have certainly highlighted an important issue and have clearly researched it well. A budding journalist – well done you.

  15. Matthew sansome January 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Well done jake a very good and interesting read.
    Looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.

  16. Chelle Pugh January 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Great article Jake – I can’t believe this is your first and that you are only in year 5. Very well written, engaging, informative….. You have a natural talent for writing so please keep it up. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

  17. Shirley Mukarakate January 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    A well researched article and very informative. Well done Jake.

  18. Corinne January 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Congratulations, Jake, on your first published article! Love the topic you chose and the research you did. i have had Taylor read it, as she keeps nagging me for a Segway, so hopefully, she’ll stop now after having read your brlliant piece! So, thank you, Jakey!

  19. Mrs T Lang January 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Well done Jake on your first published article and I am sure there will be many more to come. You should be very proud especially as it is clear that you did excellent research. I definitely won’t be buying a Segway now thanks to your fantastic information.

  20. Jill Sergent January 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Fabulous article Jake! very informative,well written and excellently researched along with relevant quote, I forgot whilst I was reading that you are only in year five, you should be very proud of yourself!

  21. Mrs E Mupesa January 20, 2016 at 6:43 am

    This is a great, informative article, Jake. Thank you for your insight. And congratulations for publishing your first article.

  22. Marc January 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

    This is great! Well done Jake!

  23. Keira D January 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Hi jake,
    I didn’t know you were writing an article, I’m very proud of you! I’m sure everyone with a Segway is aware of the danger now you’ve written that amazing article! Well done, I hope to see you soon!

  24. Louie January 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Amazing article jake, I don’t want a Segway now!

  25. Louie January 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Jake! Great article. Segways are great fun but they can be dangerous at the same time. Well done on your very first article!

  26. isobel farrell January 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Well done Jake brilliant article. great vocab:)

  27. admin January 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Wow Jake your article has really sparked some debate, 26 comments and counting! Well done, great piece and very informative.

    YJA Co-Editor

  28. Jake January 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for all your amazing comments!

  29. Ashley Smart January 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Well done Jake, really good article; hope to see more articles in the future.

  30. Victoria Buckley January 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    What a great first article! Well done, Jake!

  31. Oliver June 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Fantastic article Jake it is very informative and tells you all about the Segway about what has being happening over Christmas. Well done!.