Hoverboards won't be your perfect Christmas gifts, may explode!

The Government is seizing hoverboards by the thousands just weeks before Christmas over fears that they could explode at any time! Of 17,000 checked over 15,000 failed safety checks.

High-street retailers like Halfords have issued a product recall as have Costco and consumers are being urged to check if the three-pin plugs on their hoverboards/segways/eboards confirm that   it is made to BS1363.

There have been reports of a family in Kent suffering damage due to a hoverboard exploding in their kitchen and fire brigades in London and Buckinghamshire have attended call outs that are down to faulty battery packs in this must-have toy.  

So if you were thinking of getting a hoverboard for Christmas, you'll need to postpone your plans. The reasoning behind the clampdown is that most of hoverboards on sale have "non-compliant electrical components that could explode or catch fire."

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"Our teams at sea ports, postal hubs and airports have seen a significant spike in the number of unsafe hoverboards arriving at national entry points in recent weeks and are working around the clock to prevent dangerous items from entering the supply chain. We suspect that most of these products are being imported for onward sale domestically as Christmas approaches," said Lord Toby Harris, Chairman of National Trading Standards (NTS).

The list of unsafe components in imported hoverboards includes plugs without fuses, chargers, cabling and batteries. Since these are non-compliant with existing standards, there's a chance that they may overheat or even explode while in use.

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But if you've already bought one, you can do some checks to ensure that it is safe to use. If you don't want to see your house on fire, don't ever leave your hoverboard charging overnight. You can also look up the manufacturer's website for details of the product as well as user reviews.

Up till now, authorities have seized over 15,000 or the 17,000 hoverboards that were examined since October 15 which indicates almost all of them either have faulty components or don't comply with the country's safety standards. We suggest you look for something else to gift yourself this Christmas.

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