Ports seize 15,000 ‘unsafe’ hoverboards

Lily Allen (l); Wiz Khalifa (r) on hoverboardsImage copyright
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Celebrities including Lily Allen and US rapper Wiz Khalifa have been seen regulating hoverboards

More than 15,000 vulnerable hoverboards – differently famous as self-balancing scooters – have been seized during ports and airports around a UK.

Trading Standards officers pronounced a play were in risk of overheating, bursting or throwing fire.

Hoverboards, that are renouned with celebrities including Lilly Allen, are approaching to be large Christmas sellers.

The Fire Brigade pronounced during slightest 3 residence fires were caused by such inclination over 10 days in October.

Many have plugs though fuses, inadequate cables or chargers that can detonate into flames, according to Trading Standards.

It pronounced that 88% of a hoverboards it seized around a UK were found to be defective.

Most were detected during a Suffolk pier of Felixstowe, though others arrived during East Midlands airfield and in Glasgow.

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A hoverboard horse caused a glow during this London prosaic in October

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The inadequate inclination are suspicion to have come from East Asia and China and do not heed to European reserve standards.

Most are not branded and have been systematic by websites or tiny traders to sell on to bargain-hunting shoppers.

“We think that many of these products are being alien for leading sale domestically as Christmas approaches. We titillate consumers to be on their ensure when purchasing these products,” pronounced Lord Harris, a chair of National Trading Standards.

Consumers are being advised, as a minimum, to check that a three-pin block conforms to BS 1363.

Safety laboratories have been so bustling contrast think products that they have had to take on additional staff.

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Faulty chargers mostly have a clover-shaped plug


Trading Standards is now giving a following tips to consumers who are meditative of shopping a hoverboard or who might already have finished so:

  • Never leave a device charging unattended, generally overnight. A inadequate cut-off switch means it could overheat.
  • Check a plug. Many inadequate inclination have a “clover-shaped” plug.
  • If shopping online, be clever to check a website is genuine and has a contactable phone series and address.
  • Don’t be dazzled by prices that seem too low.

“Consumers should not let a new conform or disturb cloud their settlement and sojourn observant during all times,” pronounced Leon Livermore, arch executive of a Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

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One of a inadequate play seized by Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers in Salford, Greater Manchester, seized 90 hoverboards final month, citing identical reserve worries.

Fires have also been reported in a US, Australia and Hong Kong.

Hoverboards are so called since of a identical device seen in a 1989 film, Back to a Future 2.

But it is bootleg in a UK to float them on pavements, or on roads. They can usually be used on private land.

Anyone who finds such products for sale is being urged to hit a Citizens Advice helpline, on 03454 04 05 06.