THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is poised to issue restrictions on the use and sale of hoverboards because of safety concerns.
DTI Undersecretary Victor Dimagiba said the department is concerned over issues that recently cropped up such as the explosion of units while they are being charged.
“Kailangan po natin ma-address ang issue na aksidente sa ibang bansa, lalo na yung sinasabing nag-eexplode kapag tsina-charge ang baterya [We have to address these problems, especially reports that some units exploded while they are being charged],” he said.
Dimagiba said hoverboards should only be used by people 15 years old and above.
He added that the DTI and the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct an investigation to ensure the safety of buyers.
Under the current regulation issued by the DOH, electronic toys used by children should not exceed 24 volts. This applies to children 14 years old and below.
Hoverboards use a 36 volt battery.
“Aalamin natin sino po ang nagpapasok ng Hoverboard sa Pilipinas at tayoy makikipagusap sa kanila ng maiayos ang industriya ng hoverboard,” he said.
Hoverboards are being sold for as low as P9,000 and as high as P25,000.