Federal minister bans hoverboards

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Federal minister bans hoverboards

Federal minister for small business and assistant treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer has issued a temporary ban on the sale of hoverboards that do not meet Australia’s safety standards.

Consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recommended the ban to the minister after four house fires were directly linked to faulty chargers and lithium-ion batteries supplied with cheap hoverboards.

The ban will last for 60 days while the ACCC consults with hoverboard suppliers and safety experts on whether further action will be taken.

The ACCC advised customers not to charge or use hoverboards until their supplier can confirm whether it is safe.

The two-wheeled ‘self-balancing’ toys became the latest fad during Christmas last year, resulting in a deluge of cheap hoverboards flooding the Australian market.

So far, the ACCC has already recalled 20 different hoverboard brands which were sold at mainstream resellers such as Kogan, Harvey Norman, Toyworld and Anaconda.

ACCC hoverboard recalls

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