Product Safety Alert – Holiday Gift Daily #33
Traditionally, the end of the year is a time of conviviality and togetherness. Giving presents is an undeniable part of this. But what should you pay attention to when it comes to the safety of these presents? There are still many unsafe products on offer. You do not want your loved-ones to be hurt.
We are here to keep you up to date on the latest developments in product safety. We monitor closely products that are being withdrawn from the market because of included hazardous parts. On the other hand, we provide information on details you should look out for when purchasing products that are still available.
AirMotion Self-balancing Scooter (hoverboard)
Today we draw your attention to a black and yellow self-balancing scooter for use as a personal transport device for persons with lithium ion battery (25.2 V 4 Ah), lighting and battery charger (AOI 08294155DD1). The product is sold online and comes in a colourful cardboard box. This hoverboard was found in EU member-state Hungary.
The battery does not have a device that monitors the cells temperature, hence it may overheat during charging, and the hoverboard cover may ignite. The product may cause a fire and the user may suffer burns. In addition, the power cords, which are exposed to movement between the two motors, are routed through a steel pipe with burr edges at both ends. During the life of the product, the insulation of the power cords can be damaged by the sharp edges, the battery may short-circuit and explode during use. As a result, the user might lose control and fall off the scooter and suffer injuries. ; The product does not comply with the requirements of the of the Low Voltage Directive and of the European standards EN 60335-1, EN 60335-2 and EN 62133.
This product was withdrawn from the market and we advice consumers that have already purchased this product to cease using it and contact the dealer or retailer where it was bought.
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This is just an example of product safety information about toys and other items and their hazards that you need to be aware of. Millions of products have been recalled this year. Here's a video from the US Consumer Reports on how to protect yourself and your family. With our Holiday Gift Daily we will continue to follow the news on Product Safety and we will continue to keep you informed.