After the US Consumer Product Safety Commission declared that hoverbaords are unsafe, websites like Amazon and Toys R Us pulled them from the sites.

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The US CPSC has issued warnings in a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers informing them of the safety risks hoverboards post. The US CPSC received 52 reports of these “self-balancing scooters” catching fire between 01 December 2015 and 17 February 2016. These so-called scooters have reportedly caused $2 million in damage to property, which includes two houses and a motor car.

Once hoverboards had been declared unsafe by the Commission, website searches for these products turn up blank pages.

The US CPSC is urging these manufacturers, importers and retailers to bring these scooters up to voluntary safety standards prescribed in the US to prevent any further harm from being caused. The letter goes on to explain that these scooters might be seized and detained when imported into the US, which means that the US CPSC is basically forcing manufacturers to comply with these safety standards. The Commission further has the power to recall these products if they are found within the US already.

No such restrictions apply in South Africa yet, but certain domestic airlines have taken the international stance in banning these scooters on flights.

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