Popular holiday gift is getting a bad reputation

Amazon has pulled multiple makes of the hoverboard off their site

B.J. Daniels
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides a hoverboard as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Seattle. Amazon is warning British customers that their hoverboards may be unsafe, the latest in a string of warnings about the popular scooters. Amazon says some of the boards it sold are unsafe because they have “a non-compliant U.K. plug" and should be disposed of at a recycling center. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hoverboards may have seemed like a great idea for a Christmas gift at the time, but the number of people being injured on them continues to increase.

From Christmas Day to Monday afternoon there were 70 reports of emergency room visits due to hoverboards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The injuries were primarily from falls and collisions.

The futuristic skateboards have already been banned from all major U.S. airlines. Delta said in a statement that manufacturers do not consistently provide details about the size or power of their lithium-ion batteries.

Elizabeth Keifer of Connecticut told 22News, “I think they’re very dangerous, I’ve been watching all these Facebook uploads. People are crashing over backwards on these things and I just think there are going to be multiple lawsuits and forget about the exploding, just people falling off.”

Injuries aside they have also been responsible for multiple fires. The federal government is investigating 22 reports of hoverboards bursting into flames.

For these reasons and others, web retailer Amazon has pulled multiple makes of the hoverboard off their site.

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