Airlines are pretty nervous about “hoverboards” catching fire and they aren’t the only ones. Now Amazon is pulling some of the self-balancing scooters until they’re proven to be safe. One of the well known manufacturers, Swagway says that Amazon wants all sellers to demonstrate that their devices meet the right battery and charger safety standards.
If the boards don’t make the cut, they won’t be sold by Amazon. End of story.
Swagway says that its own models are safe, but rivals like CoolReall and PhunkeeDuck might not be so lucky. Several of these “hoverboards” have caught on fire, so you can see why they want to make sure these things are safe before they are sold. No one wants to be responsible for selling something that burns your home down.
The problem is, the “hoverboard” market is defined by lots of nearly identical models. Many of them are from tiny companies with no real track record. And you really can’t tell at a glance whether or not the more expensive boards are any safer than their cheaper boards. But if you see one on Amazon anytime soon, they should be safe. Amazon will have to work hard to figure out which makers they can trust.