Hoverboards impounded over explosion fears
There's already been a product recall on one swegboard, among other problems with them (one being that they're illegal), and now, trading standards officers are sending out a warning to everyone after thousands were impounded at ports, because after tests, they found they were at risk of exploding or setting on fire.
UK Trading Standards revealed that over 17,000 hoverboards imported from beyond the EU have been examined, and over 15,000 failed basic safety checks. Something to keep an eye on indeed, if you're thinking of buying one this Christmas.
The problems tend to circle around the power, with testing showing issues with the plug, chargers, cabling, battery, and cutoff switches within the board. Many that have been shipped in have had non-compliant plugs without fuses, which is a dangerous fire hazard.
The National Trading Standards, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute are asking everyone this year, to be extra vigilant and avoid buying unsafe products.
Lord Toby Harris, chair of National Trading Standards, said: "Our teams at sea ports, postal hubs and airports have seen a significant spike in the number of unsafe hoverboards arriving at national entry points in recent weeks and are working round the clock to prevent dangerous items from entering the supply chain."
"Most of these products are being imported for onward sale domestically as Christmas approaches. We urge consumers to be on their guard when purchasing these products and advise you read our product safety checklist to help ensure you are not purchasing a dangerous item."
When buying a swegboard, at the very least, you need to check whether or not the device has a three-pin plug that says it is made to BS1363. If not, avoid like the plague.