Electric Scooters Recalled Because Their Batteries Could Catch Fire

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Electric scooter company Lime deactivated at least 2,000 scooters from three West Coast locations after learning of a “potential issue” where the scooter batteries could catch fire, the company said Tuesday.

“In several isolated instances, a manufacturing defect could result in the battery smoldering or, in some cases, catching fire,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Director General for France of the US company Lime, Arthur-Louis Jacquier, rides an electric scooter on their launch day in Paris on June 22, 2018. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

Director General for France of the US company Lime, Arthur-Louis Jacquier, rides an electric scooter on their launch day in Paris on June 22, 2018. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

Lime recalled roughly 2,000 scooters that used the batteries in question, which were made by Segway Ninebot, but pulled even more scooters from the Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe areas to be safe, the company told The Washington Post.

Lime said the defect affected less than 0.01 percent of its scooter fleet. (RELATED: Think Twice Before Hopping On That Scooter: Major Cities Deal With Accidents And Even Deaths)

“At no time were riders or members of the public put at risk,” the blog post stated. “Unfortunately, despite our efforts, we’ve recently received an unconfirmed report that another Segway Ninebot scooter model may also be vulnerable to battery failure, which we are currently investigating.”

Lime learned of the Ninebot scooter battery defects in August, the company said.

A man rides a Lime shared dockless electric scooter along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

A man rides a Lime shared dockless electric scooter along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Lime stuck a deal with Uber in July for a $335 million investment so that Uber app users could also find and rent Lime Scooters, reported CNN Business. Electric scooters are one of many new trends that the ride-sharing company is trying to get in on — it’s reportedly also investing technology like takeout-delivering drones.

Electric scooters have taken major U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City and Dallas by storm in the past few years.

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