Hov­er­board in­terim ban

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Gwyn­neth Hay­wood Gwyn­neth Hay­wood is the se­nior re­gional of­fi­cer for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion.

An in­terim ban on elec­tri­cally un­safe self-balanc­ing scoot­ers, also known as hov­er­boards, has been in­tro­duced as a manda­tory stan­dard for the next two years.

Self-balanc­ing scoot­ers are also known as glid­ers, smart boards, sky walk­ers or mod boards.

Most two-wheel scoot­ers are man­u­fac­tured in China and range in price in Aus­tralia from $150 to $1000.

The orig­i­nal ban came into place in Aus­tralia in March af­ter there had been six reports of house fires at­trib­ut­able to the scoot­ers, re­sult­ing in the de­struc­tion of three houses. In five cases, the scooter was be­ing charged when it caught fire.

The new safety stan­dard re­quires these prod­ucts to com­ply with the same pub­lished stan­dards re­lated to recharge­able lithium-ion bat­ter­ies, cir­cuitry and tem­per­a­ture con­trol as were out­lined in the in­terim ban.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion prod­uct re­call web­site (www.re­calls.gov.au) con­tains the de­tails of the stan­dard, a list of the 21 hov­er­boards sub­ject to ex­ist­ing re­calls and the fol­low­ing ad­vice to con­sumers:

If buy­ing a self-balanc­ing scooter, con­firm the prod­uct has been tested and that it meets the re­quire­ments spec­i­fied in the manda­tory safety stan­dard.

If you have al­ready pur­chased a self-balanc­ing scooter, check to see if it is sub­ject to a re­call.

You can also con­tact your re­tailer or man­u­fac­turer to con­firm if the prod­uct has been tested and if it meets the re­quire­ments spec­i­fied in the manda­tory safety stan­dard.

The in­ter­pre­ta­tion of and com­pli­ance with the manda­tory stan­dard is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of man­u­fac­tur­ers, im­porters and re­tail­ers.

Un­der Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law, if you have been sup­plied an un­safe prod­uct you have the right to seek a re­fund or re­place­ment prod­uct that meets the safety stan­dards.

Should you need to dis­pose of the scooter, re­move the lithium bat­ter­ies and con­tact your coun­cil or bat­tery re­cy­cling ser­vice.

Re­tail­ers and sup­pli­ers should visit the Prod­uct Safety Aus­tralia web­site on www.prod­uct­safety.gov.au for in­for­ma­tion about the safety of the scoot­ers, and what they should do.

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