Were you one of the many who bought a non-hovering hoverboard on Amazon this holiday season? If so, that was a silly thing to do. But don’t worry: You can get your money back and avoid becoming human tiki torch on two wheels.
Amazon just agreed to offer hoverboards refunds to anyone living in the US or Canada that wants one. The announcement came in conjunction with an update from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission about its investigation into the safety of the new devices. “I expect other retailers and manufacturers of hoverboards to take action and offer a full refund now to their customers as well,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye wrote in a statement. “I also expect responsible large-volume online sellers in particular to stop selling these products until we have more certainty regarding their safety.”
There are currently no safety standards for these products that have been known to spontaneously burst into flames. The CPSC recommends keeping them away from combustible materials, avoid using them on or near a road, wearing protective gear, and having a fire extinguisher nearby.
Illustration by Tara Jacoby