( 4UMF NEWS ) Amazon Stops Selling Some Hoverboards:
Good luck finding a hoverboard to purchase on Amazon, but it’s not for the reason you might expect.
Leading hoverboard maker Swagway confirmed to The Verge that the online retailer is requesting companies manufacturing the popular devices to prove they are safe to use.
Several models, including ones made by Swagway, no longer appear on Amazon’s website, although there are still a handful of hoverboards available for purchase.
The removal of hoverboards follow growing concerns over whether the devices — arguably the hottest holiday gift — don’t present serious safety issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission tells NBC News it’s investigating at least 10 reports of fires related to hoverboards.
Meanwhile, the USA’s three largest airlines — American, Delta and United — banned hoverboards from flights because the devices use lithium-ion batteries making them dangerous to transport.
Some consumers who purchased hoverboards through Amazon received warnings about lithium-ion batteries, which can pose a fire hazard. According to a safety page on Amazon’s website, overcharging, significant changes in temperature or impact can cause problems. “In rare cases, these batteries can overheat, catch fire, or explode,” reads Amazon’s safety page.
The rise in popularity of hoverboards has spawned a broader selection of cheaper knockoffs, which may feature bad batteries. In its statement to The Verge, Swagway says it meets Amazon’s standards for safety and is happy the retailer “decided to take steps to weed out the low quality boards.”