As one of this year’s most anticipated Christmas presents the market has been flooded with 'Hoverboards'. Since 15 October 15,000 of the 17,000 self-balancing scooters examined by National Trading Standards (NTS) have been confiscated.
Luke Kington, Retail Laboratory Supervisor at TÜV SÜD Product Service, said: “We are seeing a large number of 'Hoverboards' where the plugs and fuses do not comply with our national standards. This means that in the event of a problem with the device the chargers cable may not be fully protected, potentially resulting in a fire.
“This is not the only common problem we are seeing, the general manufacturing quality of products is poor in most cases and product instructions are of a very poor standard and are not deemed sufficient to allow the end user to safely use the product.”
Our advice would be when purchasing one of these items always carry out the following simple checks:
- Does the plug have a fuse fitted
- Can you fit a standard ball point pen between the edge of the live pin and the edge of the plug
- Does it have a reputable approval mark on it such as BSI or ASTA
Finally if you do buy the product then never leave it charging unattended and if it starts getting hot or emitting a smell then stop charging immediately.