Lime scooters recalls some scooters in US amid fire fears
Oct 31 2018 Peter Holley
About 2000 Lime e-scooters have been recalled in the US
/ JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF
E-scooters launch in New Zealand / Chris Skelton/STUFF
E-scooter company Lime launched in New Zealand with 600 e-scooters scattered
across Auckland and hundreds more in Christchurch
Electric scooter company Lime pulled thousands of its scooters off US
streets this summer after discovering that a small number of them may be
carrying batteries with the potential to catch fire, according to company
The company said in a statement that it learned of a risk in August that a
"manufacturing defect" in some of its scooters "could result in the battery
smouldering, or in some cases, catching fire".
The statement came in response to questions from The Washington Post about
Lime's scooters catching on fire. Though company officials said in an
interview Lime recalled about 2000 scooters, they said the risk of
smouldering and fires was only real in a tiny percentage of cases. The
company said it took off the streets the much larger number out of an
abundance of caution.
About 2000 Lime e-scooters have been recalled in the US.
"All vulnerable scooters were quickly removed from circulation, minimally
impacting service to our Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe markets," the
company said in the statement. "At no time were riders or members of the
public put at risk."
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At the same time, the company acknowledged it may face continuing
challenges. It said it has received an unconfirmed report that another
scooter model it uses "may also be vulnerable to battery failure."
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