US Officially Bans Hoverboard Imports
Today the US International Trade Commission issued an order banning virtually all imports of hoverboards into the United States. But this time it has nothing to do with safety.
The reason for the ban involves Segway’s patent claims on self-balancing personal transport technology in the United States. Hoverboard imports, most of which are coming from China, will have to be halted almost entirely for the time being.
Previously the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned about hoverboard imports because the products have a tendency to overheat and cause massive fires. The US ITC’s decision was based solely on patent disputes.
The Commission says that any company wishing to temporarily import hoverboards will have to post a bond equal to the entire cost of the hoverboard until a final decision about the fate of imports is determined.
The US ITC has also issued a cease and desist order against Ecoboomer, a company that has already imported hoverboards, and is prohibiting them from selling the hoverboards that have already entered the country.