Amazon is refunding hoverboards over growing safety concerns


Worried about your hoverboard (or, more accurately, self-balancing scooter) exploding? Did you buy it from Amazon? You might be in luck.

With reports of certain hoverboards exploding or catching on fire, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating the matter, and, in an update today, said that Amazon will be providing full refunds for hoverboards that are returned.

"For consumers who purchased a hoverboard from Amazon, they can return the product right now for a full refund," said US CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye in the statement.

"I want to commend Amazon for voluntarily stepping up, providing a free remedy and putting customer safety first."

Fire boards

Back in December, Amazon began warning customers to return some hoverboards for refunds due to safety concerns in the UK, pulling listings down until hoverboard manufacturers provided documentation proving their boards met safety standards.

Of course, Amazon already provides an avenue to return purchases if you are unhappy with what is delivered, though a request for a refund is required if the order was fulfilled by a reseller, rather than Amazon itself, and the request would then need to be approved by the seller.

Currently, it's unclear if CPSC means any hoverboard can now be returned and refunded through Amazon, and without having to request it from a reseller, or if there are only certain brands that will be eligible.

Amazon has yet to make a statement, but we got in touch for clarification.

If you are interested in returning your hoverboard, you can reach out to Amazon through your account or via the retailing giant's contact page.

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