Hoverboard makers could get hit with recalls if they don’t get their acts together really soon.
This is the message that the Consumer Product Safety Commission convey’s in a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers released Friday.
The letter warns that if safety standards aren’t met, the agency will issue recalls of all Hoverboards.
Agency Chairman Elliot Kaye has said publicly that unsafe hoverboards should be taken off the market.
The CPSC has not yet issued any recalls of the self-balancing scooters, despite reports that some models are prone to catching fire and exploding. Yes, catching fire and exploding when people ride them or even charge them.
The agency is investigating the scooters and Kaye said falls also present a major risk.
Hoverboards have already been banned by major airlines such as Delta (DAL), United (UAL), JetBlue (JBLU) and American (AAL). They don’t want them on the plane or in their terminals because they pose such a safety issue.
In January, Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) removed several hoverboards from its site and began offering full refunds on those it had already sold. Additionally, online retailer Overstock.com (OSTK) announced in December that it would immediately stop selling hoverboards on its website.
Police in London and New York City don’t permit the use of these scooters on public streets and sidewalks. New York state has now banned them altogether.
The world is trying to tell Hoverboard makers enough is a enough but they’ve been ignoring cries from retailers and safety professionals. Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call that consumers and retailers alike are not going to sell something that clearly is not safe.