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Amazon offers full refunds to all hoverboard purchasers following spate of fires

Amazon is to bite the bullet and offer a full refund to hoverboard customers following a spate of combustion incidents which have seen the gadgets burst into balls of flame.

The news was relayed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Elliot F. Kaye who welcomed the move, saying he was ‘pleased that at least one leading retailer is erring on the side of caution.

‘I want to commend Amazon for voluntarily stepping up, providing a free remedy and putting customer safety first.’

Safety concerns have already seen Amazon remove the devices from sale at various points, , including the popular Swagway line, and led to a series of warnings that some brands were utilising non-compliant plugs.

Amazon has not yet confirmed whether the refunds are applicable all hoverboards or to the US only or apply worldwide with anyone wishing to enquire further being urged to visit retailers contact page.

Despite such concerns Amazon is still carrying several versions of the gadget on its website.

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