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Sunday 4 December 2016

Hoverboards taken off shelves in Argos

Some retailers have taken hoverboards off their shelves due to safety concerns
Some retailers have taken hoverboards off their shelves due to safety concerns

Children hoping that Santa brings them a hoverboard will be disappointed - as retailers have taken the toy off shelves due to safety concerns.

The gadget (right) is one of the most wanted Christmas presents on Santa lists across the country. However, those looking to 'hover around' will be unable to do so, as question marks remain around their safety.

One of the country's biggest retailers, Argos, confirmed to the Herald they will not sell the gadgets as the Christmas rush beings.

They said they take customer safety "extremely seriously" and have decided to undertake "additional testing" on the Nevaboard gadget.

"While we undertake these checks, we have temporarily withdrawn the Nevaboard from sale," a spokeswoman said.

The hands-free electric scooters can cost more than €350 and have been banned in cities across the world. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission recently stopped the importation of 1,400 hoverboards at Dublin Port. It was feared the gadgets may overheat and go on fire.

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