6 January 2016
Following a recent house fire in Victoria, I am urging all Tasmanians
with electric balancing scooters, more commonly known as hoverboards, to check
if their product is on the list of those to be recalled.
The house fire in Victoria was caused by a hoverboard catching
fire while charging and seven brands have now been recalled due to concerns
they could cause a fire or electric shock due to non-compliant battery chargers
The recalled models include:
- Moonwalker two-wheel scooter by Hunter Sports, which was sold at Big W from 5 December 2015 to 11 December 2015.
- Sello Products self-balancing two-wheel electric scooter, sold on Ebay from 4 December 2015 to 15 December 2015.
- AirWalk Self-Balancing Scooter sold online via catchoftheday.com.au from 13 November 2015 to 16 December 2015
- Go Skitz Self Balancing E Boards models S01 and S03 (charger only) sold from 26 November 2015 to 29 December 2015 via goeasyaustralia.com.au, goeasyonline.com.au, kogan.com.au, Toyworld, Harvey Norman Big Buys and Anaconda stores
- Techwheel Z-01 (charger only), which was sold online through groupon.com.au, theactive.com.au, brandsexclusive.com.au, ozsale.com.au, and techwheel.com.au from 9 November 2015 to 20 December 2015.
- Mod Products Pty Ltd Mod Board model MOD001 (charger only) sold on line through www.modboard.com.au from 6 November 2015 to 15 December 2015.
Tasmanians who have purchased one of these products should stop
using or recharging it until they have verified that their model has not been
Recalled products should be returned to the point of purchase.
There are certain checks that people can undertake to improve
the safety of non-recalled models if they wish to keep using them, including:
- Check that the packaging or the charger is marked with the Australian regulatory compliance symbol or RCM – a tick surrounded by a triangle. The RCM signifies that a supplier has taken the necessary steps to ensure the product complies with electrical safety requirements.
- Always use the approved battery charger that came with the product. If there are signs of damage near the battery do not charge the unit until the device is inspected by a professional.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly when using and charging hoverboards. Adults should supervise the charging of all electrical devices for children.
To check if your model is recalled, visit www.recalls.gov.au
For further advice contact Consumer Affairs on 1300 654 499.
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