Saturday 3 December 2016

Retailers warned: dangerous hoverboards can self-combust

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

The CCPC currently has 30 cases into the sale or importation of hoverboards in Ireland under way and has already told some retailers to take some models off shelves.. Photo: PA
The CCPC currently has 30 cases into the sale or importation of hoverboards in Ireland under way and has already told some retailers to take some models off shelves.. Photo: PA

Dangerous hoverboards are still on sale in Ireland, with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) powerless to issue a blanket ban on the product.

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Instead, each individual model must be examined, leaving the way clear for manufacturers - many of whom have proved undetectable - to tweak their products in order to get around the rules.

Certain models of the boards have spontaneously combusted and the CCPC has warned consumers to make sure that products they want to buy comply with safety standards.

The CCPC currently has 30 cases into the sale or importation of hoverboards in Ireland under way and has already told some retailers to take some models off shelves.

"To date, none of the retailers or importers that the Commission has engaged with have been able to provide evidence that the products they intend to import or place on sale comply with the essential safety standard," they told the Sunday Independent.

"There is no Irish or EU legislation which allows for a blanket ban of a product type or category. As a result, each model found for sale or importation must be examined on the basis of its specifications.

"In the case of the non-compliant hoverboards found for sale in Ireland, the lack of manufacturer details on the hoverboards examined so far... means that it has been impossible to identify the manufacturer/manufacturers and seek the removal from sale via this first step in the supply chain."

CCPC chair Isolde Goggin said the lack of manufacturer details was "of considerable concern".

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