If you’re looking to buy a hoverboard, Toys R Us isn’t your go-to place to purchase it. The toy retailer on Saturday pulled the self-balancing scooters from its website, according to Mashable.
The hoverboard in question is the Razor Hovertrax. The move follows an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, which issued a notice to stores and importers, asking them to remove the products until they can be deemed safe.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to stop selling Hovertrax on our website, and are working closely with Razor, the manufacturer, to test the item against the latest safety standards," a Toys R Us spokesperson told Mashable. "If, following the investigation, we decide it’s appropriate to resume selling the item, we will once again make it available on our website. For further product inquiries at this time, please contact Razor."
A search for the keyword "hoverboard" on the retailer’s website comes up with no trace of the scooter. The Toys R Us move comes over two months after Amazon also pulled hoverboard products from its retail website. In addition to the CPSC’s investigation, Underwriters Laboratory, a global safety organization, is also testing hoverboards submitted by manufacturers for safety testing and certification.
While the self-balancing scooters were a popular gift during the December holiday season, a number of consumers quickly found that they were hotter than expected. Over the past 10 weeks, 52 hoverboard fires resulted in $2 million in damage over 24 states, including the destruction of two homes and a vehicle, according to the CPSC.
“We believe that many of the reported incidents, and the related unreasonable risk of injuries and deaths associated with fires in these products, would be prevented if all such products were manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary safety standards,” the CPSC wrote in a letter to manufacturers and distributors of the scooters.