Segway-style hoverboards have made headlines in recent months, mostly controversial such as being banned in major cities around the world and in airports… and now are being pulled from Amazon.
According to Verge, hoverboard seller Swagway says Amazon have decided to pull the plug on the product unless a seller can prove that their devices meet certain safety standards from UL, a private safety science company that tests battery quality, among other things.
According to Swagway:
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 place, 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 unauthorized boards. Meanwhile, we ask that consumers only purchase from authorized retailers as an added precaution.
So far, a number of hoverboard sellers have pulled their product from Amazon, though models from Razor and Jetson appear to still be available.