… SWEGWAYS OR ANY OTHER SELF BALANCING SCOOTER
IF THEY ARE CHEAP THEY ARE PROBABLY DANGEROUS!
Being the first company to bring this product into the UK back in 2014 we were shocked by how quickly cheap, and unsafe units came in to the country as the market exploded in the second half of 2015. As a result Trading Standards came down hard and confiscated any hoverboards that did not have the appropriate EU Safety reports and certificates.
This month (July 2016) our E-board has been passed by SGS – one of the world’s leading (and most recognised) safety testing laboratories. The resulting reports have all been submitted to Trading Standards who checked to make sure that they are genuine and have confirmed that our E-board IS safe and they have authorised us to continue selling this item.
We have been shocked to see the number of companies still selling cheap hoverboards online who claim that their items have been tested and certified as “Safe” and compliant with all EU safety regulations. Please, be careful the reports are either fake, or have been prepared by a test house in China that is not authorised and accepted by EU regulators. In some cases the only thing that has been tested is the plug and/or the charger. This is not good enough. Everything particularly the battery and the internals of the self-balancing scooter itself must be tested and passed.
The list of reports and test certificates that are required in order to comply with EU safety regulations is as follows:
EN ISO 12100:2010
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC Annex 1A
2011/65/EU recasting 2002/95/EC
Furthermore if the report has not come from a test house on the following list it is completely unacceptable and should be ignored:
http://www.ipaf.org/en/resources/news/article/status-of-beide-as-notified-body & this is confirmed at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/nando/index.cfm?fuseaction=directive.notifiedbody&dir_id=131881
You may also want to ask for a copy of the letter from the seller’s local Trading Standards office authorising the sale of the item.
Our boards all comply 100% and we keep on file all of the above information and that is why you will pay us a little more for your E-board. It should be a fun item, but the most important thing is to make sure it does not cause a fire or explode, as has happened in the past with cheap unregulated hoverboards.