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CBP Seizes Counterfeit Hoverboards with Potentially Dangerous Batteries in Sterling, VA

Release Date: 
January 6, 2016

STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 15 hoverboards with counterfeit and potentially dangerous batteries in Sterling, Va., on December 29. If genuine, the hoverboards, which were made in China and arrived from Japan, would have had a total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value of about $4,500.

CBP seized 15 hoverboards, worth an estimated $4,500 MSRP, with counterfeit trademark and potentially dangerous batteries at Sterling, Va., on December 29, 2015.

CBP seized 15 hoverboards, worth an estimated $4,500 MSRP, with counterfeit trademark and potentially dangerous batteries at Sterling, Va., on December 29, 2015.

Hoverboards—self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized platforms—are some of this holiday season’s most popular items. However, major safety concerns have surfaced following reports of fires possibly caused by substandard and counterfeit lithium ion batteries that power some hoverboards.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is examining hoverboard fires across the country, and offers buying and safety tips. Consumers may also report incidents to CPSC via www.SaferProducts.gov

CBP is partnering with CPSC and other Federal regulatory agencies on this issue.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize dangerous products, like these hoverboards,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington Dulles. “The men and women of CBP will remain vigilant in protecting American consumers from potential hazards posed by counterfeit and substandard merchandise.”

Counterfeit batteries are not a new area of concern for CBP. CBP seized a shipment of 445 hoverboards in Norfolk, Va., on December 16, 2015, for containing potentially dangerous and counterfeit trademark batteries. CBP estimated the total MSRP value of that shipment to be about $171,000.

If you are aware of or suspect a company or individual of infringing your trademark or copyright, please report the trade violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

IPR enforcement is a CBP Priority Trade Issue.  Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017