Hoverboard interim ban
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.