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Self Balancing Scooters (AKA Hoverboard) Guidance on
have been inquiring about self-balancing scooters, popularly called
Hoverboards, following several media reports of them bursting into flames.
reduce the risk of van fires, agents are reminded to follow the UniGroup
Quality Assurance Labor Training guidelines found in Packer Module #1-Non
Allowables. Batteries from all electronic devices should be removed prior to
loading. Removing the battery allows for transport of the scooter. The
lithium-ion batteries from these scooters should not be
transported in a household goods shipment. Safety is our number one priority
and this preventative measure is a prudent step in protecting our customers'
possessions, van operators, laborers and agent equipment as well as the motoring
van line announcement concerns the lithium-ion batteries found in
self-balancing scooters only and does not affect any other product.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to investigate safety
concerns surrounding this product but has yet to issue any new regulations. The
CPSC has revealed there are cheap, low-quality brands on the market containing
defective batteries bearing counterfeit Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) labels.
different models of self-balancing scooters are being sold with Hoverboard
being just one manufacturer’s brand name. They were a popular holiday gift
spurred by the 30th anniversary release of the Back to the
Future movies. The CPSC investigation has focused on the lithium-ion
batteries that power the device. Earlier, this type of battery made headlines
when some caught fire aboard commercial passenger planes and electric cars.
Compared to their size and light weight, lithium-ion batteries
generate high energy due to the very reactive chemical substances from which
they are made. The CPSC’s initial investigations focused on fires occurring in
units with defective batteries and during charging. The CPSC also suspects
units became damaged when the maximum weight allowance for riders was exceeded,
causing the lithium-ion battery terminals to come in contact with its circuit