Several Illinois public universities ban or restrict the operation of hoverboards

Owners of the two-wheeled devices have been told not to roll them out at facilities within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eastern Illinois University, Governors’ State University, and Western Illinois University. Some of the bans cover residence halls only, and some are campus-wide. Other universities are considering parallel actions.

A hoverboard is an orthogonal-line motorized skateboard with urethane wheels, a powerful battery, and a computer chip to help the rider of the board shift his or her footing and keep in balance. The regulatory actions and bans follow reports from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that implicate hoverboard lithium batteries in a series of ignition fires reported nationwide. The CPSC is currently investigating 37 fires in 19 U.S. states. Many U.S. airlines also ban shipment of the popular toys on their flights.