Amazon ‘stops selling hoverboards’


Amazon appears to have stopped selling “hoverboards” on its UK and US sites.

The London Fire Brigade issued a warning in October after a rideable board on charge in a bedroom in Southwark caught fire.

Newsbeat has searched Amazon and can only find accessories for the devices still for sale.

Trading standards recently warned that the demand for them had led to a big increase in cheap and dangerous imitations which can be flammable.

One of the companies which has had its product pulled, Swagway, gave a statement to the technology site The Verge saying that it was connected to the batteries and charger.

“Amazon just sent out a notice to all hoverboard sellers to ‘provide documentation demonstrating that all hoverboards you list are compliant with applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger)’.”

Sales of the devices in the UK have taken off in the past year, but there have been worries about safety connected to them.

Recently three leading American airline groups banned them, saying their batteries present an “unacceptable fire hazard”.

Authorities in the UK have seized more than 15,000 of them at ports and airports in recent weeks.

The strange rise of the ‘hoverboard’ and why you shouldn’t ride them through traffic.

It is illegal to ride them on public roads and pavements but there have been accidents on streets involving them.

On Thursday, a 15-year-old riding a hoverboard died in a crash with a bus in London.

In September, a man is accused of using one of the devices during the robbery of a crate of energy drinks from a convenience store in south London.


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