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Toys ‘R’ Us No Longer Stocking Hoverboards due to Risk of Fires, Slip & Fall Accidents

Toys ‘R’ Us, the major toy retailer, has announced that it will be halting sales of hoverboards. The store’s ban on hoverboard sales applies to both brick-and-mortar stores and online e-commerce transactions. The reasons for the retail giant’s decision to stop selling the portable scooters include the risk of fire-related accidents and slip & fall accidents.

Hoverboards were one of the hottest items this past holiday season, with many young people and adults being gifted the device for Christmas. However, the safety standards for the popular gadget have come under intense scrutiny in recent months as more and more people have sustained serious injuries while using their hoverboards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) recently issued an official warning about hoverboards and sent a letter to various manufacturers, retailers and importers.

Now Toys ‘R’ Us, the largest toy-focused retailer in the country, has joined the chorus of retailers and government entities who have banned hoverboards due to safety concerns. The toy store previously sold the Razor Hovertrax, a self-balancing scooter that was particularly popular among consumers. This brand of hoverboard typically sold for around $500, but the high price did not discourage many people from splurging on the item.

With sales of the hoverboard halted at Toys ‘R’ Us, and many other types of hoverboards already banned from use on public transit in New York and New Jersey, it remains to be seen whether U.S. consumers will continue to buy the device or move on to some other gadget in the months ahead.

To learn more about the toy store ban on hoverboards, view the Fortune.com article, “Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls Hoverboards from Website.”

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product or as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should speak to a skilled product liability attorney immediately. The New Jersey personal injury and product liability lawyers at Drazin and Warshaw, P.C. have more than 70 years of combined experience with these types of cases and will fight to get you full compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.

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