Feds say there isn't a single protected 'hoverboard'
Some universities solely permit “hoverboards” on campus if they’ve security seals. Sadly, that is not so simple as it sounds. Within the Shopper Product Security Fee’s letter to producers, importers and retailers, it urged them to ensure the scooters they make and promote adjust to the security requirements set by Underwriters Laboratories. That is the group answerable for certifying that merchandise are protected to be used. The dangerous information is, in accordance with UL Shopper Security Director John Drengenberg, that “no hoverboard has handed the certification course of right now.”
Drengenberg advised Wired that a lot of the scooters they’ve examined failed their temperature check, which seems at how scorching its elements get with common use. “It is one of many extra widespread failure modes that a producer may see,” he stated, and all these stories of hoverboards exploding and burning these previous months help that assertion. The CPSC’s letter says that from December 1st, 2015 to February seventeenth, 2016, the fee acquired studies of fifty two scooter fires that triggered $2 million in property injury general.
The CPSC believes that these incidents “can be prevented if all such merchandise have been manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary security requirements.” That is why it now considers all self-balancing scooters that do not meet UL’s requirements faulty. Imports could possibly be seized upon entry within the US and people already bought regionally might be recalled. That applies to all hoverboards in the mean time, since no mannequin has handed muster but. Swagway, one of many largest manufacturers, has advised clients to cease utilizing its boards within the meantime.
Issues may change quickly, although, since UL solely launched its new requirements on February 2nd. It takes two weeks to check every mannequin, so for all we all know, UL’s already testing one that may cross its temperature check. In addition to, producers can all the time redesign their merchandise to make sure they are not vulnerable to blowing up.
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