The US has banned ‘hoverboard’ imports after Segway claim

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NEW YORK – The U.S. is cracking down on "hoverboard" imports after Segway successfully filed a patent claim on certain personal transporter devices.

The International Trade Commission ruled that the manufacturing companies, many of them in China, violated a legal protection for balancing personal transporters held by Segway.

Thirteen companies are targeted in a cease and desist letter, along with one unnamed domestic company, according to the court documents.

This is the second federal action the U.S. has taken against the popular gadgets, which have spawned a number of dangerous knock-offs that have exploded and caught fire.

"Hoverboards" are already banned in several cities, airports and other public places.