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Hoverboards Are Unsafe, U.S. Government Agency Says

Michael Tran uses his hoverboard on the Venice Beach Boardwalk on December 10, 2015.
Frederic J. Brown—AFP/Getty Images Michael Tran uses his hoverboard on the Venice Beach Boardwalk on December 10, 2015.

"Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn"

They were one of the hottest-selling items of the holiday season, but Friday the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says no hoverboard currently on the market can be considered safe.

Never mind that the things don’t actually hover. The CPSC is putting hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailers on notice: meet safety standards or face recall or seizure at ports.

“Consumers risk serious injury or death if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn,” the government agency said in an official letter it sent out issuing a new set of safety standards for the gliding gadgets…

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