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Sorry, kids. If you were expecting to glide like Bieber on your new "hoverboard" after the holidays, Amazon might have dashed your hopes — but prevented you from catching fire.
Federal regulators are looking into reports of multiple hoverboard scooters bursting into flame, most often because of poor-quality chargers and batteries. In the meantime, Amazon is playing it safe by pulling multiple scooter brands from its site, including the popular Swagway line.
In a statement to NBC News, Swagway shared details about Amazon's actions and defended its products.
"Amazon sent out a notice on Friday just before 5pm PST, to all 'hoverboard' sellers to 'provide documentation demonstrating that all hoverboards you list are compliant with applicable safety standards, including UN 38.3 (battery), UL 1642 (battery), and UL 60950-1 (charger),'" a Swagway spokesperson said via email.
"Swagway already meets all those certifications and has already sent the requested information to Amazon. As safety is on the forefront for Swagway, we applaud Amazon for taking these steps to weed out the low quality boards and want to note that this removal is NOT specific to Swagway, but includes 97 percent of the other branded hoverboards that were also selling on their site."
NBC News reached out to Amazon for comment but the company did not reply.
Target temporarily removed Swagway scooters from its website, but plans to put them back on Tuesday, a company spokesperson told NBC News.
This isn't the first time these self-balancing scooters have faced scrutiny from regulators and e-commerce sites. Last week, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines banned the devices, and Overstock.com announced that it would stop selling them. In the U.K., more than 15,000 hoverboard scooters have been detained at the border for being safety risks.