CHARLESTON, S.C. — Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Charleston seized two shipments containing 2,380 counterfeit hoverboards. We’re told the hoverboards violated trademark protections, and posed a potential health risk to U.S. consumers.
If authentic, the hoverboards, which were manufactured in China, would have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,666,000, according to a news release.
“Enforcing product safety laws and protecting intellectual property rights is a top priority for Customs and Border Protection,” said Anthony Acrey, CBP’s Acting Area Port Director for the Port of Charleston. “By seizing untested and potentially hazardous products at our nation’s borders, CBP officers protect the American consumer and contribute to keeping our communities safe beyond the holiday season.”
The self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized platforms are one of this year’s most popular items. Major safety concerns have surfaced following reports of fires possibly caused by substandard and counterfeit lithium ion batteries within some hoverboards.
Customs and Border Protection in Chicago recently announced a record seizure of more than 16,000 potentially unsafe hoverboards. Nationally, more than 50,000 potentially unsafe boards, with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price approaching $20 million, have been seized.
Officials say counterfeit and pirated products threaten the economic security and undermine legitimate businesses that invest significant resources into manufacturing safe, quality products.