Walmart Pulls ‘Hoverboards’ From Site Until Products Meets Federal Regulations

February 25, 2016 Updated: February 25, 2016

Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, has decided to stop selling so-called ‘Hoverboards’ on its website.

The move comes just months after the retailer started selling the product, described as self-balancing electric scooters, on its website.

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(Walmart Stores Inc.)

First introduced by a Chinese company in 2013, there have been persistent concerns about the safety of the products, which generally sell for around $300.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission none of the hoverboards being sold in the United States has a safety certification.

The main concern with the gadget is that its lithium-ion batteries pose a fire hazard.

According to the commission there have been at least 52 incidents in 24 states involving hoverboards that self-ignited.

In one incident earlier this month a $1 million home in Nashville was completely destroyed by a fire, with two teens barely escaping.

A home in Nashville which burned down after a hoverboard caught fire on Feb. 8. (Nashville Fire Department)
A home in Nashville which burned down after a hoverboard caught fire on Feb. 8. (Nashville Fire Department)

Walmart joins other retailers, such as Amazon, who had already banned the devices. The retailer expects to not sell the hoverboards until manufacturers observe federal safety standards.