Target Stops Sale Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 9.57.11 PMMore than two months after Target temporarily halted the sale of “hoverboards” over safety concerns, the retailer is at it again, removing the self-balancing scooters from its website.

Target’s move comes just days after the Consumer Product Safety Commission, prompted by multiple reports of hoverboard batteries exploding or catching on fire, sent a notice to retailers and manufacturers that all self-balancing scooters on the market are currently considered unsafe and should be removed from stores if they don’t meet certain safety standards set by the Underwriters Laboratory.

A search of Target’s website results in a “not available” for Swagway hoverboards, which were previously sold by the retailer, Mashable reports.

“We have paused the sale of hoverboards on Target.com,” a Target spokesperson said. “We take safety very seriously at Target and are proactively working with our vendors to ensure they are compliant with the new safety standards and hoverboard certification protocol provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

Target is the second retailer to stop the sale of hoverboards after the CPSC’s notice. Toys ‘R’ Us removed the devices over the weekend.

The retailer is also taking a page from Amazon by accepting returns for previously purchased hoverboards.

“Guests who have purchased a Swagway or Razor Hoverboard from Target.com and are at all concerned about product safety may return the item in store or online,” Target’s spokesperson told Mashable.

Target halts the sale of hoverboards on its website [Mashable]