$6 Million In Counterfeit “Hoverboards” Seized By U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs seizes 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards.

The increasing popularity of “hoverboards” has led local governments and other establishments around the country to restrict where riders can use the two-wheeled scooters. The larger issue, however, is putting the kibosh on bootleg models of the hoverboard that could spontaneously burst into flames.

Last year hoverboards were banned on airlines, and this year over 20 universities in the U.S. have taken up a no-hoverboard policy due to the fire hazard posed by the board’s lithium-ion batteries. The latter is a danger that’s typically presented by knockoff hoverboards which are shipping out without meeting the required safety standards. The sale of these potentially faulty boards is no small matter, as evidenced by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s recent seizure of 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards in the Chicago area.

Valued at an estimated $6 million, the seized hoverboards were being held in a warehouse that’s expecting even more large shipments of the variant boards in the next few weeks. The U.S. isn’t the only nation cracking down on these low -uality versions of the scooter. Back in December, 15,000 unsafe hoverboards were seized by British authorities.

News of this latest hoverboard seizure comes on the heels of New York City announcing a citywide ban of the hoverboards on all modes of public transit. Maybe we were better off when hoverboards were just a troll.



Photo Credit: USA Today

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.