Amazon removes most ‘Hoverboards’ because they can burst into flames

Amazon removes Hoverboards

Amazon has pulled almost every version of “hoverboards” from its website.

By Friday night 97% of all hoverboard listings were removed from the site according to manufacturer, Swagway.

Hoverboards have come under fire in recent months after it was determined that certain models could explode and burst into flames because of malfunctioning batteries and plugs.

Amazon sent sellers a notice asking for proof that their gadgets “are compliant with applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger),” according to Swagway.

Swagway’s model has been removed from the Amazon website. Other removals including self-balancing scooters from IO Hawk, PhunkeeDuck, and others.

Still listed for sale are brands from Razor, Jetson, and Hover X.

“Swagway already meets those certifications and has already sent the requested information to Amazon,” a representive from the company says.

Hoverboards are one of the hottest holiday purchased in 2015.

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Written by Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson is the Retail Editor at BusinessPundit. She focuses on Fortune 500 retail company's and disruptive brick-and-mortar and e-commerce companies that are changing the retail landscape. She can be reached at TammyJohnson@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240