Fake hoverboards seized at the border

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 20:39:34-05

Knock-offs of the popular hoverboard toys have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Peace Bridge.

In late December, officers chose a tractor trailer for a secondary examination as it tried to cross the border. Inside they found 180 boxes of “Scooty” hoverboards. CBP import specialists later determined that the batteries in the hoverboards were counterfeit and potentially dangerous. The hoverboards were then seized for copyright violations.

Authorities say counterfeit batteries are a growing concern with recent seizures in Norfolk, Va., Washington-Dulles International Airport, International Falls, Minn. and Miami, Fla.. Counterfeit batteries have been known to overheat and catch fire.

“This is another example of our officers and import specialists ensuring that safe products enter the U.S.,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Enforcing intellectual property rights protects the company who manufactures the genuine product, and protects the consumer.”




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