WARNING ON HOVERBOARDS

WARNING ON HOVERBOARDS

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello today warned consumers that a number of hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, gliders or motorboards, are being recalled due to serious safety concerns and incidents, including fires.

Mr Dominello said the public needed to check the national recalls website at www.recalls.gov.au and stop using any recalled hoverboards, unplug charging units and follow the recall advice for returning the product.

“People need to remember that although these products may be sold as toys, they are an electrical device,” he said.

“They have become a popular product in recent times but you should never leave a child alone when they are using them and never leave a hoverboard charging unattended.”

The ACCC has identified risks to users from falls, as well as products that are non-compliant with Australian electrical safety standards.

Consumer are being urged to check any hoverboard for the Australian approval number or marks that may be in the form of a tick surrounded by a triangle, which signifies the supplier has gained an electrical safety approval for the device.

“Never force a plug on an electrical device. Only charge your hoverboard when you are at home and only use the charger that came with the product. Never place it on charge and leave it unattended. Devices can overheat if they are overcharged and non-compliant devices may ignite if over-charged,” Mr Dominello said.

People riding hoverboards should wear appropriate protective gear, including helmets, shoes, kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards.

If NSW residents have any concerns or problems with one of these products, they can call NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 for advice or lodge a formal complaint.

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