16,000 fake “hoverboards” have been seized, and still counting

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As we know hoverboards have been banned in public in most countries, recently in an announcement made by the New York MTA, hoverboards have been banned from being brought to locations like the subway or to bus stations. We all know the reasons for this right? stories of hoverboards exploding isn’t new anymore.

For obvious reasons, it is not safe to use hoverboards, skateboards or other personal wheeled vehicles on station platforms. We’re equally concerned about the safety risk of bringing devices that pose fire hazards into the confined spaces inside trains and buses.

David Mayer
MTA Chief Safety Officer

So far, the US Customs, have been working towards ensuring the safety of individuals by fishing out hoverboards (self balancing scooter) that contain unauthorized batteries and therefore counterfeit as well as with fake trademark logos, their operation involved moving into warehouses in Chicago to check which is legitimate and which isn’t. A total of 16, 000 have been seized which amounts to over $6 million, as a matter of fact this is just the beginning, according to them “The final seizure total in Chicago is expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks due to the massive amount of shipments still being processed”.

“This is a fine example of our Officers and Import Specialists ensuring that only safe and legal products enter the U.S.,” said Director of Field Operations, William Ferrara. “Not only are these hoverboards a serious safety hazard but they also threaten our economic security by hurting legitimate businesses who invest significant amounts of resources into development and protection of their brands.

Consumers are expected to report incidents concerning their hoverboards to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Also if you suspect a company or individual of infringing your trademark or copyright, report to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.



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