Amazon pulls most 'hoverboards' from store over safety concerns

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Dec 14, 2015
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  1. "Hoverboards" are one of the hottest toys this holiday season and I mean that quite literally. If you've paid attention to the news over the last several weeks, you've no doubt seen multiple reports of fires related to the trendy two-wheeled electric scooters.

    Last week, major airlines including American, Delta and United banned the devices over concerns that they might explode at high altitudes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, meanwhile, is currently investigating at least 10 incidents. pulled boards from its website last week and now, it would appear as though Amazon is doing the same.

    Swagway, makers of one popular hoverboard, told The Verge that Amazon recently sent out a notice to all hoverboard sellers. In it, Amazon requests documentation showing their products are compliant with applicable safety standards. The company said it already meets all of the required safety standards and is happy to see Amazon taking action to weed out low quality boards.

    As of writing, I only see two brands - Jetson and Razor - currently offered on Amazon. According to Swagway, Amazon has removed 97 percent of boards from its site (although curiously enough, I don't see any products from Swagway either).

    Fire-related safety concerns aside, the misleadingly-named hoverboards are featured in several "fail" compilations on YouTube. Rather than hop off the device when losing their balance, most riders try to recover and end up wiping out. Naturally, hardly anybody wears safety gear while riding.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    That's because people are naturally stupid.

    I can understand why segways eventually made it on the market, though not as wide as they wanted, but swagway - noway!

    This product is for people who suffer from excessive health and keen on testing their medical insurance, aka I-D-I-O-T-S.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015
  3. The other I saw a guy on the buying tv channel ,what ever nsmew it is, dancing while riding the thing. Sure ut seemed fun but with the shape turns he was making I was certain he was to fall off soon or later. The camera quickly took the camera off him and went to a commercial. When it came back less than the 3 mins later, he was off it replaced by a woman. I burst out laughing.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I would've loved to have one of these when I was a kid, it would've given me hours of fun until I eventually broke it.
  5. kanehi

    kanehi TS Rookie Posts: 42   +6

    Dangerous for older people who are more prone to fractures when they fall
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    True but you'd think most of them would know better. Still, if they want to risk it, it's on them.
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    The fails are going to be worst if a REAL hover board is ever created and sold on a consumer level.
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Why is no one talking about all these hovercar accidents? heck what about the hovercar emission problem we currently have!
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Lol! Swagway! like a Segway, but more gangsta!
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    Quite unlike the "minutes of fun", the cheap toys they gave me lasted.

    Is anyone here a therapist?:oops:
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    They had to last me as well otherwise I'd found myself without anything to play with and having to wait patiently for my birthday or Xmas. Damn! Kids toys are so exciting (read expensive) these days.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    Face it, we were born too soon.

    The price of a kid's iPhone these days, would have been the sum total of our presents up until about 6th grade.

    Come to think of it, my father sold my "American Flyer" train set at the bar he hung out, when I was in my late teens...:(
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  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    And 'Unlike' I don't like the fact your old man sold your American Flyer at the local watering hole, he could've got a lot more for it from a passerby. ;)
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  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,005   +2,532

    This makes me suspect you're not the therapist I'm looking for, are you? :'(
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I could be...Maybe we could help each other. :D

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