Amazon UK says get rid of exploding hoverboards


‘Hoverboards’ are the latest craze, but online retail giant Amazon has told its customers to throw away certain hoverboards due to safety concerns about them being a fire-risk.

People who have bought self-balancing scooters, which have “non-compliant UK plugs”, have been asked in an email to dispose of them at a recycling centre if they have bought one. Those who do should expect an automatic refund within three days.

Amazon also emailed customers who had UK-compliant plugs on their hoverboards, to provide them with safety advice on the battery and plug use.

John Lewis, Argos and Tesco have also suspended sales of the hoverboards.

“We’ve suspended the sale of all hoverboards both in store and online as a precautionary measure.” said a spokesperson for Tesco.

Trading Standards recently seized more than 15,000 hoverboards deemed unsafe, with faulty chargers, plugs or cables, and then released safety information regarding hoverboards:

  • Do not charge them unattended, especially whilst you sleep. It may overheat if there is a faulty cut-off switch.
  • Beware of prices that seem too good to be true, and websites that might not be genuine.
  • Many faulty hoverboards have a plug in the shape of a clover, so always check the plug.

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.