U.S. Authorities Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

U.S. Government Says Hoverboards Are Verboten

The US Shopper Product Security Fee has deemed hoverboards “unsafe” and, in a letter launched by the group, all hoverboard producers to realize UL certification earlier than promoting extra boards.

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— U.S. CPSC (@USCPSC) February 19, 2016

“Shoppers danger critical damage or demise if their self-balancing scooters ignite and burn. From December 1, 2015, by means of February 17, 2016, CPSC acquired stories, from shoppers in 24 states, of fifty two self-balancing scooter fires leading to over $2 million in property injury, together with the destruction of two houses and an vehicle,” wrote Robert J. Howell, appearing director of Workplace of Compliance and Area Operations. “We consider that most of the reported incidents, and the associated unreasonable danger of accidents and deaths related to fires in these merchandise, can be prevented if all such merchandise have been manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary security requirements.”

“Ought to the employees encounter such merchandise at import, we might search detention and/or seizure. As well as, if we encounter such merchandise domestically, we might search a recall of those merchandise,” he wrote.

This implies a recall could possibly be underway of the extra harmful hoverboards and we will anticipate to see a common gross sales cease nationwide as producers realized that clients don’t need to die in hoverboard fires.

From the letter:

I’m scripting this letter to induce you to make sure that self-balancing scooters that you simply import, manufacture, distribute, or promote in the USA adjust to at present relevant voluntary security requirements, together with all referenced requirements and necessities contained in UL 2272 – Define of Investigation for Electrical Methods for Self-balancing Scooters. The UL normal could be bought from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Moreover, all lithium ion battery merchandise should adjust to check necessities underneath UN/DOT 38.three Transport of Harmful Items for Lithium Metallic and Lithium Ion Batteries.

Self-balancing scooters that don’t meet these voluntary security requirements pose an unreasonable danger of fireside to shoppers. Shoppers danger critical damage or demise if their self- balancing scooters ignite and burn. From December 1, 2015, by means of February 17, 2016, CPSC acquired stories, from shoppers in 24 states, of fifty two self-balancing scooter fires leading to over $2 million in property injury, together with the destruction of two houses and an vehicle. We consider that most of the reported incidents, and the associated unreasonable danger of accidents and deaths related to fires in these merchandise, can be prevented if all such merchandise have been manufactured in compliance with the referenced voluntary security requirements.

The CPSC Workplace of Compliance and Subject Operations employees considers self-balancing scooters that don’t meet the security requirements referenced above to be faulty, and that they could current a considerable product hazard beneath Part 15(a) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(a) or could possibly be decided to be an imminent hazard underneath Part 12 of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2061. Ought to the employees encounter such merchandise at import, we might search detention and/or seizure. As well as, if we encounter such merchandise domestically, we might search a recall of those merchandise.

In view of the foregoing, I urge you to evaluation your product line and make sure that all self- balancing scooters that you simply manufacture, import, distribute, or promote in the USA are in compliance with the above referenced voluntary security requirements. The CPSC employees will comply with-up as applicable sooner or later to make sure that the companies are assembly their obligations on this space.

Hoverboards have been a captivating fad and an amazing instance of a hardware meme akin to a Pet Rock or Wacky Wall Walker that pressured demand to go briefly stratospheric as reputation surged. In the long run, nevertheless, it appears like this yr’s scorching vacation current could also be subsequent yr’s forgotten hearth hazard.

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