More than 15,000 "hoverboards" have been confiscated at U.K. ports and airports in recent months, after being regarded as "unsafe" for personal use.
Officers from the U.K.'s Trading Standards have inspected over 17,000 self-balancing scooters since October 15, and seized 88 percent of these self-balancing scooters, over fears they could explode or catch fire.
The self-balancing scooter has fast become the "must have" gift for Christmas 2015, with the ports and borders teams revealing they'd seen a "significant spike" in the number of these vehicles in recent weeks, as the holidays approach.
However, concerns have been raised over safety issues with the product's design including concerns over plugs, batteries, chargers and cabling. Many of the items apprehended and tested were found to have plugs without fuses, which the organisation said increases the danger of hoverboards from overheating, catching fire or even exploding.