A mandatory standard for self-balancing scooters (also known as 'hoverboards') was introduced on 17 July 2016.

A self-balancing scooter is a two-wheeled ride on device with no steering grips, seats or handlebars, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable via connection to a mains power supply.

Self-balancing scooters are also known as:

  • hoverboards
  • gliders
  • smart boards
  • sky walkers
  • mod boards.

If you have purchased one of the listed models, you should immediately stop using it, unplug any charging units and follow the advice in the recall to return the device for a refund.

If you own a model not listed, you should still monitor the recalls website, as other models may be recalled in future.

You should be cautious about using hoverboards, and particularly leaving them to charge unobserved.

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Updated: 27 May 2020