U.S. Customs seizes more than 43K counterfeit hoverboards

U.S. Customs seizes more than 43K counterfeit hoverboards

CHICAGO (KFVS) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago seized over 43,000 counterfeit hoverboards Wednesday with an estimated MSRP of over $10 million.

The self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as "hoverboards" contain batteries that are unauthorized and therefore counterfeit, as well as fake trademark logos.

"This is a fine example of our Officers and Import Specialists ensuring that only safe and legal products enter the U.S.," said Director of Field Operations, William Ferrara.

"Not only are these hoverboards a serious safety hazard but they also threaten our economic security by hurting legitimate businesses who invest significant amounts of resources into development and protection of their brands."

The final seizure total in Chicago is expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks due to the massive amount of shipments still being processed.

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

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