Hoverboards - Public warning

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5 January 2016
Public warnings

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Jane Garrett, has issued a public warning about hoverboards, after a series of safety incidents involving chargers used to power these devices.

Hoverboards - also known as self-balancing scooters, gliders or modboards - have been a popular gift for consumers at Christmas, but specific models have been recalled after a range of safety concerns and incidents, including fires and electric shock.

The list of recalled models is available at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's product safety recalls website.

If you have purchased one of the listed models, you should immediately stop using it, unplug any charging units and follow the advice in the recall to return the device for a refund.

If you own a model not listed, you should still monitor the recalls website, as other models may be recalled in future.

You should be cautious about using hoverboards, and particularly leaving them to charge unobserved.

Contact Energy Safe Victoria on 1800 800 158 or Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 81 81 if you have concerns about a model of hoverboard you have purchased. 

Download the public warning:

Hoverboards - Public warning (PDF, 460KB)