Trading standards team seizes faulty ‘hover boards’

Hoverboard fire damage
Hoverboard fire damage

Sixty faulty hover boards seized from a trader in Argyll and Bute are to be destroyed on safety grounds.

The items, with a combined weight of three-quarters of a tonne, will be dismantled after failing safety tests.

Argyll and Bute Council has not provided any further details of the nature of the failures - though the items, one of 2015’s most popular Christmas gifts, have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks after reports of the devices catching fire while charging led to retailers including Amazon, Argos and John Lewis withdrawing them from sale.

The authority’s policy lead for regulatory services, Councillor David Kinniburgh, said: “Trading standards are committed to protecting public safety and consumers.

“The hover boards were taken for testing and they didn’t comply with safety requirements which means they may pose a risk to the public if made available to buy. Destroying the hover boards is the most effective way of removing this risk.

“This successful operation in public safety demonstrates the importance of partnership working involving the council’s trading standards, the council as harbour authority and Police Scotland.”