Now, one major retailer has stopped selling them, for the obvious reason: Hoverboards are pretty flippin’ dangerous.
According to Mashable, Toys ‘R’ Us has pulled the Razor Hovertrax hoverboard from its website, because of safety concerns. This is in reaction to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report declaring (almost) all hoverboards unsafe, which came out on Friday. Apparently, hoverboards have an added risk of catching on fire and causing property damage, the BBC reports.
Toys ‘R’ Us is the first retailer to take this notice seriously, though a leading hoverboard seller, Swagway, has also just told customers to stop using them until the safety issues are cleared up. As Toys ‘R’ Us told Mashable:
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to stop selling Hovertrax on our website, and are working closely with Razor, the manufacturer, to test the item we have decided to stop selling Hovertrax on our website, and are working closely with Razor, the manufacturer, to test the item against the latest safety standards.”
Hopefully, the Hovertrax can make their product safer, but no less fun. It probably won’t mean that the Carolina Panthers can keep drag racing on them, though.