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Amazon offering hoverboard refunds

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 22:06:07-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Afraid your hoverboard will burst into flames?  Good news- Amazon.com says it will offer refunds to anyone who bought hoverboards on its website.

The move comes after growing concerns that the two-wheeled balance boards are a fire hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating more than three dozen instances of hoverboards smoking or busting into flames.

TIME reports the surprisingly widespread fire hazard prompted all three major U.S. airlines to ban them on flight.

"Poorly labeled, powerful lithium-ion batteries powering hoverboards are the issue," Delta Airlines said in a statement.

According to Time, some hoverboards contain lithium-ion batteries that top 160 watt hours, exceeding regulatory limits. It's possible, therefore, that the devices could overheat and spontaneously combust. On videos posted to YouTube, that appears to be the problem with many of the hoverboards that have burned up.

Despite the decision, Amazon still is selling hoverboards on its site.

In December, social media was filled with riders taking a beating from their newly gifted hoverboards.