Revo-Glider_COLORS_RED_CMYKOne of 2015’s most talked about Christmas present has been getting some bad press…and it’s no surprise with safety concerns and  4 house fires linked to faulty products in this category.

After a series of events caused by these self balancing scooters many were recalled or banned from sale earlier this year with the ACCC releasing a safety warning notice and announcing an investigation in January this year.

Further to this ACCC investigation, last month the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer announced an interim ban on the sale of Hoverboard products that do not meet safety standards for batteries and related circuits.  

That ban was announced on the 18th of March this year and put in place for 60 days, however the ban has since been extended to July 17, 2016. In April I contacted Melbourne based company Kaiser Baas regarding their Hoverboard product that I have previously reviewed, the Revo Glider.   I spoke with Evan Kourambas, CEO.   Listen below.


Hoverboard recalls to date

It’s worth noting that many of the above products are cheaper imports and while they may look almost identical to some of the premium scooter models, it has been revealed that their internal workings are very different and of poor quality.

Before you buy or try any of these products, firstly ensure they are being sold legally and are compliant with Australian electrical standards and be sure to wear appropriate safely gear such as knee and elbow pads and a helmet.