Thursday 22 March 2018

Amazon pulls hoverboard over safety concerns

A hoverboard seized in the UK. Photo: National Trading Standards. Photo: PA
A hoverboard seized in the UK. Photo: National Trading Standards. Photo: PA

Martin Grant

Internet giant Amazon has joined Argos in pulling the sale of hoverboards over safety concerns.

The hands-free electric scooter is one of the most-wanted Christmas presents on Santa lists across the country.

However, those looking to hover around will be unable to, as question marks remain around their safety.

Several major toy retailers throughout the country, including Smyths Toys and Toys4You, do not stock the product.

"We haven't sold any Balance Boards in Ireland," a spokesman for Smyths said.

"We do not sell any products that do not meet the necessary safety requirements and the situation is under review."

Argos said it took the decision to pull the product until "additional testing" had taken place. "While we undertake these checks, we have temporarily withdrawn the Nevaboard from sale," a spokesman said.

Amazon has advised customers who have bought the gadget to bring the product to a recycling centre. They will be given a refund.

An email sent to thousands of customers who have already bought one said the product is unsafe for use as it "is supplied with a non-compliant UK plug".

The scooters can cost more than €350 and have been banned in cities across the world. Concerns have been raised regarding their rechargeable lithium batteries and plugs.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission recently stopped the importation of 1,400 hoverboards at Dublin Port.

Irish Independent

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