General, HP, Surrey County Council, Trading Standards

IN PICTURES: Hoverboards destroyed after failing safety checks

Dozens of hoverboards which posed a fire risk have been destroyed to prevent them ever harming members of the public.

The consignment of 90 hoverboards imported from Hong Kong via Heathrow was intercepted by Surrey trading standards officers and sent for testing against electrical safety standards.

The boards were found to have defective battery packs and other faulty features which could have led to them exploding without warning.

The dangers of the boards were highlighted during the destruction process when some caught fire and had to be doused with a powder-based fire extinguisher.

After being crushed, the material was sent for recycling.

Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘Our focus is on protecting consumers and the swift actions of our trading standards officers have prevented a large consignment of potentially dangerous products ever going on sale.’

The £7,500 consignment had been brought into the country via Heathrow Airport and sent to an inspection point in Surrey where officers with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* found possible problems with the boards.

A further haul of 50 hoverboards, also brought in through Heathrow, has been impounded by trading standards officers while investigations continue.

Anyone who has concerns about a product they have seen for sale or have already bought should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

* Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service


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