Electric-scooter maker Lime has recalled certain e-bikes due to a potential fire risk of its batteries. A manufacturing defect as recently identified that could result in the battery exploding or catching fire. Experts allege that the company might not have considered the safety risks of the scooters as imperative.
According to a Washington Post report, about 2,000 scooters were recalled after reports of a few catching fires. The abundance of caution prompted Lime to recall approximately 0.01% of its fleet, specifically in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe areas.
The company has been facing continuing challenges as an ambiguous report stated battery failure could turn vulnerable in another scooter model. Also, the company has been testing on the breakability of the scooters when subject to repeated abuse. Lime confirmed of a possibility of a crack or break when cycled at high speed off a curb.
Meanwhile, few employees raised concerns about the company’s method to address the safety risks. This came after reports of a scooter at Lake Tahoe facility bursting into flames, prompting a fire rescue.
Experts remained concerned with the design of the scooter as most of them are for personal use and not widespread public use. Besides, certain scooter companies have failed to maintain these scooter properly. Due to the non-maintenance of these vehicles, accidents with severe injuries are on the rise including head trauma and broken bones.
Recently in early July, ridesharing firm Uber has raised its investment in the dockless bike startup company Lime. Based on this strategic partnership, Uber users can now book a Lime bike through the Uber app. Uber also plans to have its logo on Lime bikes.
Lime has been located in over 70 cities across the US and Europe. The company has given 6 million rides through its variety of vehicles including electric scooters, electric bicycles, and pedal bikes.