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Hoverboards - safety concerns and recalls

The Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin, has issued a Media Release warning about hoverboards.

There are safety concerns with the chargers used to power these devices as well as user injuries through falls. There have been instances of fires that have occurred from the faulty design of some hoverboard chargers.

Hoverboards are also known as self-balancing scooters, gliders or modboards.  The list of recalled models is available at the ACCC Product Safety Recalls website.

Electrical safety

If you have purchased one of the recalled models listed on the recalls website, you should stop using it immediately and unplug any cord set and battery charger.

The recall information provides advice on how to return the device for a refund.

Consumers are advised to keep checking the ACCC Product Safety Recalls website for other models that may be recalled in the future.

Fall injuries

Users should be using the correct safety equipment when riding a hoverboard. This includes a helmet, knee and elbow pads and wrist guards.  Riders should always wear shoes when on a hoverboard.

Riders are also advised to check with their local traffic authority or police before riding a hoverboard in a public place.

Media release

Follow this link to read the Media Release.