Sheffield ‘hoverboard’ shop says its products are safe

'Unsafe' hoverboards have started a number of house fires across the country.
'Unsafe' hoverboards have started a number of house fires across the country.
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A Sheffield shop which sells so-called ‘Hoverboards’ has spoken out to reassure customers their products are safe, in the wake many retailers pulling the devices amid fire scares.

The media has been awash with reports of the self-balancing scooters catching fire – often causing horrific burns to riders

Amazon is already understood to have stopped selling the devices, as well as retailers Argos and John Lewis.

But owners of Swegways, on Ecclesall Road, have spoken to reassure customers that their products are completely safe.

A shop spokesman said: “It is true of replica boards that have been imported from China with poor quality chargers with little or no quality control or assurance through their manufacturing processes [have caught fire].

“All of our boards and chargers have a C.E certificate. Our SWEGWAYs use lithium batteries from renowned manufacture Samsung and thus, is not a issue with our boards.

“Further clarification can be found on our website where everything is clarified and provides a clear difference between our real models and the fake ones out on the market.”

The self-balancing electric scooter doesn’t actually hover, but rolls along on the ground according to how the rider shifts his or her weight.