It seems like almost every day a new article is hitting the national news media regarding hoverboards, and the news is not good. Amazon pulled Hoverboards off their website in the middle of last December, but a few days ago they were at it again. Without any fanfare, Amazon quietly pulled all hoverboards from their online store and sent a notice to sellers that they would have to prove that their devices pass UL listings including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger). Other retailers like Walmart quickly followed suit.
It kind of reminds me of the role that Edward Norton played in Fight Club as a recall coordinator. His job for a major car company was to determine if they should do a recall. If the projected cost of the recall was greater than the percentage chance of failure times the average court settlement then (according to the movie script) they didn’t do a recall. It sounds like Amazon, Walmart and a host of others have come to the same conclusion.
Part of the problem that US hoverboard importers don’t understand is that if you import a completely manufactured product to the US and then resell it, in the eyes of the law, YOU are the manufacturer and are fully liable for damages that your product does. This is counter intuitive, since you didn’t actually manufacture anything, you just bought a box from some random factory in China and sold it to some random person in America. Who said the laws make any sense?
It also seems like there is a major movement to ban hoverboards pretty much everywhere they can. The newest crazy government municipalities, airlines and universities is to make sure that these devices are not allowed.
Skate Hover-boarding is not a crime. Watch as America works to protect us from … ourselves.