Amazon call for consumers to bin risky hoverboards

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Multiple fire reports have already come up sparking an investigation into the matter, for it's part Amazon is telling customers who purchased one from it to throw out their hoverboards.

Amazon, along with Argos and John Lewis, have reportedly stopped selling the devices after finding out the news.

The world's largest online retailer is going one step further.

"Please dispose of this product in a [recycling center] as soon as possible", read a company email sent to customers, which Amazon UK shared with CNET on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, authorities in Britain said they had seized more than 15,000 hoverboards that didn't pass basic safety checks.

"This is a popular holiday item and it's going to be in a lot of consumers' homes, and we'd like to quickly get to the bottom of why some hoverboards catch fire", she said.

Trading Standards revealed last night that more than 38,000 hoverboards had been "subject to intervention" at border points due to safety concerns, and 32,000 had been assessed as unsafe, mainly over electrical issues.

Some were also found with chargers, cables and batteries that all failed safety standards.

The Retail Ombudsman watchdog said businesses could be liable for any injuries.

Remember, at the time of writing it is illegal to ride the hoverboards on pavements or roads, they can only be used on private land with the owner's consent.

If you have purchased a hoverboard for Christmas it is recommended that you contact the retailer it was purchased from to make sure if it is one of the models that is safe.

 

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