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Target temporarily bans Swagway hoverboards over safety concerns

The third major retailer to halt hoverboard sales

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Following in the footsteps of Overstock.com and Amazon, Target has temporarily stopped selling the Swagway X1 hoverboard yesterday as it called on the company to provide documentation proving it meets battery and charger safety standards after a series of fires, according to Mashable. Target reportedly received the requested information, and will start selling the Swagway again sometime today.

This is the latest setback for the biggest fad of 2015, which has come under increased scrutiny after what appears to be a lack of proper safety protocols. There have been 10 hoverboard-related fires in nine states according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has launched an investigation. Major airlines including Delta, United, American, and British Airways have also banned passengers from bringing them on flights.

While Target may have targeted Swagway (Razor's hoverboard is still for sale), the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission isn't limiting its investigation to one company. "CPSC is looking into the safety of the entire product line of hoverboards," Patty Davis, the deputy communications director for the Commission told Fox 59. "We are working all across the country to move our investigation forward as quickly as possible."