Amazon pulls hoverboards from site after safety concerns arise nationally

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Amazon.com is adding to the list of retailers that have removed hoverboards from their market after multiple federal warnings have deemed the product unsafe.

The self-balancing scooter has become one of the hottest new trends for teens, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sent out a notice to retailers and manufacturers that the product is unsafe and should be removed from stores if they don’t meet certain safety standards.

Reports of the scooter catching fire and the batteries exploding prompted the action from the CPSC and Amazon’s decision to pull the product, Consumerist.com reports.

A letter written to retailers from the CPSC said, “We believe that many of the reported incidents, and the related unreasonable risk of injuries and death associated with fires in these products, would be prevented if all such products were manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary safety standards.”

From Dec. 1, 2015 to Feb. 17, 2016, consumers from 24 states, 52 hoverboards resulted in over $2 million in property damage, including the destruction of two homes and one car, the letter details. 

If companies don’t follow new safety standards, they could face civil or criminal penalties or even a seizure of products.

On Amazon, hoverboard accessories like stickers and wheels are available on the site.

Amazon is offering full refunds for those who purchased a hoverboard from them. 

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