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Consumers asked to throw away hoverboards






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Three big UK retailers, including Amazon, are advising customers to throw away hoverboards because of safety concerns. There have been reports of the toy catching fire and exploding. Consumers will get a refund if they take their hoverboard to a recycling centre for electronic equipment. Stores have asked makers to address the safety issues. Hoverboards are self-balancing, two-wheeled scooters that transport users like a skateboard, but without any physical effort. They are one of the most popular gifts this Christmas. The retailers' decision will disappoint many kids.

A consumer protection group in the UK said around half-a-million people bought a hoverboard as a Christmas gift. Another million people have it on their shopping list. Britain's largest bricks-and-mortar retailer said: "We've suspended the sale of all hoverboards, both in stores and online, as a precautionary measure." Amazon said: "We regret the inconvenience this may cause you but trust you will understand that your safety and satisfaction is our highest priority." Hoverboards are not allowed on public roads in Britain because they are not classed as vehicles.

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