There’s a bit of a craze going around for hover boards at the moment, not only by the general public but also by celebrities worldwide, and all despite some recent controversy revealing boards that have allegedly exploded, as well as new laws banning their use in certain cities and states.
Today that controversy might have been confirmed after UK Trading Standards officers seized more than 15,000 “unsafe” hover boards that were trying to enter the UK and were meant to be sold during the run up to the holiday season.
The hover boards were seized at a number of airports and ferry terminals around the UK, and have since been impounded due to the electronics within them posing a danger of overheating, catching fire, or exploding.
Lord Harris, the chair of National Trading Standards explains gave the following quote to the BBC about the seized hover boards:
We suspect that most of these products are being imported for onward sale domestically as Christmas approaches. We urge consumers to be on their guard when purchasing these products.
Trading Standards also say that 88% of the hover boards that they seized in the UK were found to be defective, with problems mostly surrounding faulty fuses, cables or chargers.
As such consumers are being advised to check that the three-pin plug confirms to BS 1363, most faulty devices have a “clover-shaped” plug, anyone who thinks that their product might be defective should stop using it or even charging it immediately, making sure to phone the Citizens Advice helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for advice.