Walmart just stopped selling hoverboards

Walmart ditches hoverboards

Walmart is the latest in a growing number of retailers to remove dangerous hoverboards from its website.

The self-balancing scooters have come under fire for literally catching on fire and exploding.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched an investigation into hoverboards and last week said it was one step closer to issuing safety recalls for many of the devices.

Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, decided to stop selling the devices out of concern for customer safety, a spokesman said.

Walmart has promised to keep the hoverboards off its website until suppliers and manufacturers comply with new federal safety standards.

Among the nation’s biggest retailers to remove hoverboard products are Target, Toys R Us, and Amazon. Overstock was one of the first company’s to act, removing the products from its website in December.

It’s not just retailers who have bannedĀ hoverboards. Delta, Jetblue, United, and American Airlines will not allow hoverboards on domestic or international flights in either checked-in or carry-on luggage.

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The state of New York has banned the self-balancing scooters on public streets and sidewalks.

Numerous colleges have also banned the dangerous devices from campus because of fire risks.

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.