The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued mandatory safety requirements for self-balancing scooters, also commonly known as hoverboards.
Issued in July, Consumer Protection Notice No. 7 of 2016 requires manufacturers and distributors who offer hoverboards for sale in Australia to demonstrate compliance with either:
Requirements specified in the following sections of UL 2272, Outline of Investigation for Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters:
- Fuses as specified in section 11;
- Protective circuits and safety analysis as specified in sub-sections 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4 and 15.5;
- Cells as specified in section 16;
- Overcharging as specified in section 23;
- Short circuit protection as specified in section 24;
- Temperature control as specified in section 26; and
- Cell imbalanced charging as specified in section 27.
Requirements specified in the following IEC standards:
- For batteries, as specified in IEC 62133; and
- For battery control systems preventing electrical appliances from attaining excessive temperatures in normal use, as specified in section 11 as amended by Annex B, of IEC 60335-1, or as specified in section 11 as amended by Annex B, of AS/NZS 60335.1.2011; and
- For battery control systems preventing abnormal operation of electrical appliances, as specified in section 19, as amended by Annex B, of IEC 60335-1, or as specified in section 19, as amended by Annex B, of AS/NZS 60335.1.2011.
The regulations came into effect on July 17 and are currently scheduled to remain in effect for two years.