On January 27th 2016 US Customs and Border Protection seized 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with fake trademarks and names on them. They were worth an estimated $10 million. This was the largest seizer up to that time.
Another 300 fake hoverboards were seized before that at a port in Miami worth an estimated value of $94,000.
Although counterfeit items are certainly nothing new, when we consider the danger and serious bodily injury that an exploding fake scooter can inflict, this is definitely great news for the hoverboard industry and consumers in general. Those seizers show how authorities and governments all over the world are starting to crack down on those hazardous products. There is no doubt they will continue to do so.
Recently the US CPSC issued new regulations requiring all standing electric scooter companies and distributers to comply with new safety testing and certifications. This has resulted in many retailers both on and offline to temporarily pull certain hoverboards from their shelves as a precaution.
In the end we believe this is all great news. We are confident that many of the dangerous fake companies will continue to fade away and disappear, while legitimate companies will come through stronger than ever. Due to the vastly improved regulations and safety standards consumers will gain more and more trust in legitimate companies who produce quality products. Hoverboard explosions and fires will soon thing of the past and the industry will move forward into its true potential.
In the mean time we have to do a lot of research to find the best safest companies that comply with the latest safety standards. We have done that work for you and only recommend products that conform to these standards.