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Hey, Another Hoverboard Recall

Eight weeks into 2016, and the list of hoverboards recalled in Australia for fear of injuring users — or for fear of them catching on fire — continues to grow. We’re not going to write about every single recall, as fun as that would be, so let this post (yes, again) be a mark in the sand — stop buying the damn things.

The most recent two recalls are for Ohmama’s “Swegway” (seriously?) hoverboard and the Crazy Technology Smart Electric Self-Balancing Scooter / Hoverboard (wow, catchy). In the last three months, there have been 18 product safety recalls for hoverboards or their chargers, a volume far outweighing any other electrical or recreation device in Australia.

When I wrote about this exact topic on January 18th I said cheaply constructed and illegitimately imported hoverboards were not safe. And I’m going to repeat that — they are not safe. Poorly built chargers and poorly built batteries are a recipe for disaster, and the ACCC is right to crack down on their sale.

If you own a hoverboard, this is what you should do with it. Click through below to get a constantly updated list of which hoverboard(s) you should be returning post haste, lest it blow up in your face. [ACCC]
 

 


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