Amazon pull hoverboards over safety concerns
Hoverboards (or Swegboards, or balance boards - no-one has stuck on a name yet) have been getting impounded at UK ports over safety concerns, and now, Amazon are pulling a number of them over fears that they might set on fire.
Even the boards that were on BestReviews 'best five' have been removed. Amazon have contacted a number of vendors, saying that they won't sell them unless companies can prove that the devices "are compliant with applicable safety standards".
There's been a lot of concern over these. Leon Livermore, chief executive of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, has previously said: "Criminals and irresponsible manufacturers will often exploit high demand and attempt to flood the market with cheap and dangerous products."
"Some products that are made abroad, principally for the overseas market, are not fitted with the correct plug and fuse for use in the UK. As a minimum, consumers should check that the three-pin plug on the device states it is made to BS1363. If it doesn’t include this information, then don’t buy the product."