Amazon offering refunds on all hoverboards amid safety concerns

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Amazon offering refunds on all hoverboards amid safety concerns
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Good news for consumers who bought a hoverboard from Amazon but are afraid to use it due to the concerns over fires and injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Amazon will offer a full refund for any hoverboards sold on its website.

Read more: After fires and injuries, just how safe are hoverboards?

Hoverboards: A dangerous toy

According to the CPSC, not only do hoverboards pose a fire and combustion risk due to the lithium-ion batteries overheating, there are also numerous reports of falls suffered while riding hoverboards. The CPSC is investigating the injury reports to see if it can determine whether or not a product flaw, like the hoverboards speeding up or lurching without warning, is leading to the spikes in serious fall injuries associated with the devices.

Hoverboards in the news:

>>Hoverboard explodes on university campus

>>Another hoverboard sparks blaze; officials issue warning

>>Watch people fall using hoverboards for first time

For those determined to use their hoverboards, the CPSC encourages people to use extreme caution. The CPSC has made the following recommendations:

  • Have a working fire extinguisher nearby when using or charging the devices.
  • Charge the hoverboard away from other combustible items.
  • Always wear protective gear when riding a hoverboard.
  • Never use a hoverboard on or near a road.
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