The gadgets top many festive wishlists but they could pose major fire risks, the Local Government Authority has warned consumers.
Local authorities are urging shoppers to think twice about buying hoverboards for Christmas because of the “significant” fire risks they pose.
The call from the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 46 fire authorities in England and Wales, comes after a number of major retailers pulled the self-balancing scooters from their shelves.
The LGA said more than 80% of 38,000 hoverboards stopped from entering the UK by Trading Standards since October had been deemed unsafe – many because of an “increased risk of exploding or bursting into flames”.
Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee, said: “Hoverboards are top of Christmas wishlists for many people this year, but these exploding gadgets can cause major fires which put lives at risk.