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Amazon brings down the ban-hammer on dodgy hoverboards

It appears that Amazon is cracking down on dodgy self-balancing scooters, better known as hoverboards.

The online retailer is reportedly investigating potentially dangerous hoverboards, and removing offending products from its store.

Hoverboard manufacturer Swagway, which sells via Amazon, provided the following statement to The Verge:

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”.

Swagway already meets all those certifications and is happy that Amazon has decided to take steps to weed out the low quality boards. As safety is always on the forefront for Swagway, we’re glad that this is taking palce, especially in light of recent concerns with the fires with the poor quality batteries.

On that note, we’re also in the process of working on measures, to help consumers identify between an authentic Swagway and the many imitation boards that are adding our branded logo to their unauthorised boards. Meanwhile, we ask that consumers only purchase from authorised retailers as an added precaution.

According to Best Reviews, all five of its most-recommended hoverboards have now been removed from Amazon, as of December 12, 2015, including the Swagway X1.

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Hoverboards have made a growing number of appearances in the news recently after reports of fires, and even the death of a London teenager, sparked safety concerns.

A number of cities have banned the use of such boards in public spaces, including London and New York City.

Have you experienced any issues with a hoverboard? Let us know in the comments.

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