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Hot holiday hoverboards raising safety concerns

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The hoverboard has rolled into the holiday season as this year's hottest gift. But before you buy, there are now concerns about safety.

From Chris Brown to Justin Bieber - celebrities are cruising on their hoverboards and posting their moves to social media.

The Bengals are fans. Rey Maualuga was spotted on his hoverboard and rolling through the locker room after practice. 

"People that are lazy like me choose to ride that instead of walk, saves a lot of energy," said Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.

It's no surprise that the two-wheeled, self-balancing boards are one of the most popular items this Christmas.

They’re also hard to find – we found them at a few local mall kiosks and online. They cost anywhere from about $300 to $2,000.

There are also new concerns about hoverboard safety. Hashtag #HoverboardFails will pull up hundreds of falls on Instagram and Vine. 

"This is going be the classic setup for a broken wrist or a broken ankle," said Dr. Marcus Romanello, the Chief Medical Officer at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

So far, Dr. Romanello said he’s seen one patient come to the emergency room with a hoverboard injury.

He says he expects to see more injuries from these types of falls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has logged a handful of ER visits blamed on hoverboards in the last few months.

“The normal human response is to put your hands out to catch yourself,” Dr. Romanello said.

Retailers say hoverboards can go fast, up to 10 miles an hour. They are being found for sale at kiosks in Tri-State malls, as well as at online retailers.

Dr. Romanello suggests, especially with children - wearing a helmet and wrist and knee pads.  It's also a good idea to have someone spot you until you get the hang of it. 

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