December 12, 2017
When one type of Personal e-Mobility Devices, the hoverboard, first entered the market in 2015, they were a big hit with consumers; however, these devices quickly became safety hazards. Numerous reports of fires that ignited while charging the units led to a major recall and warnings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and recommendations to have products tested to UL 2272, originally called Standard for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters. Despite these warnings, unsafe products continued to reach the market, leading to 12,000+ hoverboards being recalled on November 14, 2017.
According to the CPSC, “Hoverboards should be compliant with the UL 2272 safety standard.” Consumers should look for the UL 2272 holographic certification mark (see above) on the device itself, as well as for the UL 2272 promotional mark (see below) that manufacturers can place on product packaging. This means the electrical system has been tested to UL 2272 and meets the criteria outlined in the safety standard.
However, claims that elements or parts of a personal e-Mobility device are UL certified do not address the overall electrical system safety issues initially experienced by users. Further, though products have been recalled, they may still be found in the secondary marketplace.
UL recommends all types of Personal e-Mobility Devices become UL Certified. To read UL’s whitepaper on Personal e-Mobility Devices click here. To learn more on the recent recall or to check out CPSC’s Hoverboard safety education center click here.