Hoverboards under scrutiny

(NBC News) The federal government is cracking down on hoverboards.

Hoverboards have been implicated in at least 50 fires in 24 states. The Consumer Product Safety Commission thinks the problem is how the devices’ lithium-ion battery packs interact with circuit boards inside the units.

The CPSC has sent a letter to companies that either make or sell the tech toys, saying any hoverboards that don’t meet federal safety standards will face a recall or be seized.

“I do not know of any at this point that would comply with the standard,” says CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye.

Last month, Amazon announced it would give full refunds on all hoverboards purchased through its website.

“I would stop using them and I would contact the retailer or the manufacturer who made it and demand proof that it complies with the standard, and if it doesn’t I would demand a refund,” Kaye says.

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