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Amazon Has Stopped Selling Hoverboards Because They're Dangerous

The safety claim isn't completely unwarranted, as the self-balancing scooters have been known to periodically explode.
December 14, 2015, 2:50pm
VICE's Drew Millard hoverboarding through Los Angeles. Photo by Mike Pearl

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Amazon.com has now joined the country's top three airlines in the movement to ban hoverboards due to their annoying tendency to spontaneously burst into flames.

The Guardian reports that a variety of hoverboards have disappeared from the online retailer's virtual shelves, and warns people trying to buy the hoverboards still available that "for the time being, [Amazon is] not recommending any hoverboards until they are proven to be safe."

Recently the large lithium ion batteries inside hoverboards have been named a potential fire hazard, prompting Delta, United, JetBlue, and numerous other airlines to ban them from flights—even in checked luggage.

Hoverboards are also illegal to ride in public in New York City and across the whole of Britain, so it looks like we won't be inching toward that lazy, motorized future Pixar predicted, after all.