We live in an era of constant technological evolution. And just like with humans, the evolution of technology depends on the survival of the fittest. So, when a product is faulty, it is, of course, weeded out. This is what happened today, as Amazon removes hoverboards from its store due to safety issues.
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A new type of personal transportation device hit the markets a few weeks back, and people apparently loved it.
The Swagway is basically a Segway without a handlebar and a steering stick. People are calling it a hoverboard, and everybody was really excited about it.
However, as nice things can’t last very long, a series of accidents was reported throughout the United States, proving the small hoverboard to be an accident waiting to happen.
After over 10 swagways were reported to catch fire and almost injure their users, and after one of them reportedly burned down a house, Amazon has decided to take measures, by removing the product from its store.
A spokesman from Swagway issued a statement, claiming that the company notified all hoverboard sellers to provide all the required documentation for the product, including safety standards and components like the UL 1642 (battery), UN 38.3 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger) to be in perfect working order.
He also continued to claim that the company is happy that Amazon took the necessary measures to prevent future accidents from happening, as well as for the fact that by making this move they are removing the low quality hoverboards from the market, allowing more room for better products to expand.
A large number of non-brand boards have been flooding the market, some of them using the company’s logo illegally, and this move by Amazon would be a sure way to cull the inferior, dangerous transportation devices.
The hazard risk is currently deemed to be so high, that airlines are going to stop allowing the boards on flights, even in the luggage hold.
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