Safety warning for hoverboards
THE ACCC has identified two safety concerns with hoverboards – fires have occurred from the faulty design of some hoverboard chargers, and user injuries through falls.
Hoverboards have an in-built battery, charged by connection to a mains power source.
Electrical safety experts advise that fires are likely if the products don’t comply with Australian electrical requirements, or the charger is meant for another device.
Ensure the packaging is marked with the Australian regulatory compliance symbol or RCM – a tick surrounded by a triangle.
A regulatory compliance mark is placed on the external surface of the device and as near as possible to the model identification.
The ACCC advises consumers to examine the product for these markings and to contact their supplier to verify if the appliance is approved for use.
Consumers can also access the Australian Certification Public Database to search for approved electrical appliances.
Overcharging non-compliant devices may cause overheating of the battery and result in a fire
Always use the approved battery charger that came with the product.
If there are signs of damage near the battery, do not charge the unit until the device is inspected by a professional.
Hoverboard owners are advised to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly when using and charging their hoverboard.
Adults should supervise the charging of all electrical devices for children.
Consumers should check the recalls website to see if their product or charger has been recalled.
Recalls to date:
Hunter Sports: Moonwalker Electric Balancing Scooter sold at BIG W.
eBay Trader SelloProducts: Self-Balancing two-heel electric scooter.
Catchoftheday.com.au Pty Ltd: AirWalk self-balancing scooter.
Techwheel: Techwheel Z-01 (charger only).
Scooter Emporium: Self-balancing scooter with charger.
Go Easy Australia: Go Skitz self-balancing E Board models S01 and S03 (charger only).
Mod Products: Mod Board model MOD001(charger).
PRODUCT RECALL: Some hoverboards are being recalled over safety concerns.