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Interim Ban on Sale of Unsafe Hoverboards in Australia Enters Last Lap

Posted by Manav Sharma on

Starting June 16, we are finally entering into the final lap of Interim Ban on sale of sub quality Hoverboards in Australia. It has been 3 months since the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer O’Dwyer after considering advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) first imposed an Interim Ban on sale of unsafe Hoverboards for 60 days starting March 18, 2016. The ACCC since then has cracked down on many Hoverboard suppliers that were selling 'unsafe' self balancing scooters. Consequently, many suppliers relying on sourcing of cheap & sub quality products from overseas have either shut...

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Electric Unicycle Vs Hoverboards - Which one should you go for?

Posted by Sanjeev Kaushik on

Electric Unicycle Vs Hoverboards - Which one should you go for?

You could never be any wronger, if you thought Electric Unicycles (EUC) are similar to Hoverboards minus one wheel. You might have seen more people riding self balancing two wheel scooter than the motorized unicycles however, it does not mean that unicycles are any less popular than twin wheels, at least not universally. The case in Australia is arguably different because electric unicycle market is still in its nascent stage whereas the twin wheel scooters have taken a substantial lead over past couple of years in terms of sales, acceptance and popularity. It would not be wrong though to predict...

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Regulation on Electric Unicycles in Australia is around the Corner?

Posted by Sanjeev Kaushik on

Yes, you read that right! It's not just the Hoveboards that are under scrutiny - the ACCC is also considering whether there needs to be a similar regulation in place for electric unicycles. Read more about Interim Ban on Sale of Unsafe Hoverboards! In its recent circulation ACCC quoted: "We are also considering whether any future regulation should extend to capture single wheeled ride-on devices powered by lithium-ion batteries. The ACCC is aware of one house fire in the United Kingdom in October 2015 related to a single-wheeled device." Read more about the fire Incident in UK due to Electric...

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Why Interim Ban on Sale of Unsafe Hoverboards is Proving to be Ineffective

Posted by Sanjeev Kaushik on

Why Interim Ban on Sale of Unsafe Hoverboards is Proving to be Ineffective

Did you hear the news about the hoverboard that caught fire in Bankstown, NSW? Mother-of-seven Shefa Kabah from Bankstown, recently went through the trauma of dealing with a burning hoverboard in her kids’ room.  For us, who are from this industry, it is really disheartening to see families facing the physical & emotional trauma that incidents like this involve. The question is who is to be blamed for such incidents? While authorities have often been blamed and the media has painted the entire hoverboard industry black, spare a thought for those businesses which have gone through the lengthy, painstaking process...

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Interim Ban on Sale of Unsafe Hoverboards in Australia - A Blessing in Disguise!

Posted by Sanjeev Kaushik on

So the Hoverboards that do not meet specific safety standards have been temporarily banned from selling in Australia for 60 days, starting March 18, 2016. The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) imposed the ban stating that some pose an “imminent risk of death” for riders. The ban on sale of unsafe Hoverboards has entered into second month as the Hon Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, Kelly O'Dwyer reviewed the situation after 30 days of imposing the ban and decided for the ban to stay till May 17, 2016. Consumers should win big since hoverboards available for sale...

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