Let’s start by saying that these hoverboards aren’t really hoverboards. There is no hovering. Instead, there’s riding around awkwardly on two wheels while your friends take video of you falling so they can post it on YouTube. Now, they can also take video of your not-hoverboard bursting into flames, but no one knows why.
According to Gizmodo, Overstock.com is no longer selling the things due to safety concerns. This comes in the middle of a United States Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation into the overall safety of hoverboards. It’s not just that they catch fire, but that they send people to the ER on a regular basis.
The CPSC regularly investigates products that it suspects put consumers at risk and has probably saved your bacon once or twice by keeping dangerous products off the market. They’re currently collecting an assortment of hoverbards for testing, both for overall safety and fire hazards.
Their recommendation at the moment is that everyone treat these like skateboards and put on helmets and pads, which you know no one is doing unless they’re under the age of 12 and their Mom is watching. As for the fire hazard, they recommend not plugging hoverboards in to charge overnight. Further recommendations will likely come once testing is complete.