SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A local university has banned the use and storage of hoverboards on its campus. Lawrence Technological University in Southfield follows the lead of more than 30 other schools that have done the same thing.

Beyond the concern about collisions and falls, the universities are citing warnings from federal authorities about battery fires.

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“Until some adequate standards have been adopted regarding the use of these hoverboards, we must hold to a strict policy so as to ensure your safety while you are on campus,” Linda Height, LTU vice president of finance and administration said, in an email.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have noted 52 reports of fires that users say were caused by hoverboards in 24 states — specifically their lithium-ion batteries. Those fires led to $2 million in property damage, including destruction of two homes and an automobile.

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According to the Associated Press, total hoverboard bans are in effect at Kean University in Union, N.J., and American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., among others. Bans in dormitories are in effect at Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Arkansas.

Worldwide, more than 60 airlines have said the motorized skateboards, which are also known as self-balancing scooters and balance boards, can not be brought onto plans as luggage or baggage.

U.S. regulators last week said they would seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this holiday season, if they fail to meet federal safety standards.

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