Probe after safety warning over hoverboard craze

Many hoverboards have been found to have non-compliant plugs.
Many hoverboards have been found to have non-compliant plugs.

Parents in East Dunbartonshire are being warned against buying self-balancing scooters – or “hoverboards” – after tests found some of them to be unsafe.

With families hitting the stores in the run-up to Christmas, trading standards officers in East Dunbartonshire are checking boards which they find in local shops and have asked anyone who has bought one to contact them for advice.

They have also been making traders aware of the legal requirements surrounding this year’s ‘must have’ Christmas gift.

Officers have also been carrying out basic screening tests on the plugs and adaptors which are known to be problematic in some models.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, “The hype around these self-balancing scooters or hoverboards as they are also called, was huge but it is frightening to hear that from the 17,000 samples that were examined at national entry points over recent weeks, over 15,000 (88%) have been assessed as unsafe.”

Officers from National Trading Standards Safety at Ports & Borders Teams and trading standards services have detained the boards due to a range of concerns, such as safety issues with the plug, cabling, charger, battery or the cut-off switch within the board, which often fails. Many of the items have been found to have noncompliant plugs without fuses, which increases the risk of the device overheating, exploding or catching fire.

Councillor Geekie added, “Our Trading Standards team has been working hard to make sure local retailers and shoppers are aware of the dangers that some of these item can pose.

“A number of major retailers have recalled these products amid safety fears. If you have bought one of these boards you should check with your retailer to see if it has been recalled.

“Anyone who has purchased one of these products and wishes further advice should call our Trading Standards team on 0300 123 4510.”