The Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, has made a new safety standard for self-balancing scooters, the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018. This decision follows a review of the preceding standard by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The new standard prescribes the minimum safety requirements that manufacturers and suppliers must meet when supplying these products to the Australian market. The new standard:
- expands the scope of the standard to also regulate single-wheeled self-balancing scooters
- allows compliance with the most current voluntary standards referenced in the standard
- allows compliance with certain clauses of the voluntary Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 60335.2.201:2016 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Particular requirements for battery powered self-balancing personal transport devices
- extends the operation of the standard for 12 months to avoid a regulatory gap.
The new safety standard is time-limited and will expire on 16 July 2019.
The new safety standard addresses the risk of death or serious injury from fires caused by self-balancing scooters with low quality lithium-ion batteries igniting while or after being charged Low quality lithium-ion batteries are prone to thermal runaway, which is a complex combination of chemical reactions and/or electrical shorting inside the cell, leading to the battery excessively overheating.
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