Transportation

Lime Pulls Scooters Over Battery Fire Concerns

The on-demand devices were recalled in Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe while a safety investigation is conducted.

by Katie Hall, Austin American-Statesman / October 31, 2018
A rider rents a Lime scooter in Venice Beach, Calif. Shutterstock/Simone Hogan

(TNS) —  The electric scooter company Lime announced Tuesday evening that it has taken some of its scooters off streets in Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe due to concerns their batteries could catch fire.

Lime said its employees learned in August of an issue with the batteries of one of its manufacturers, Segway Ninebot.

"The issue arose in one of the two batteries housed on early versions of the scooter; in several isolated instances, a manufacturing defect could result in the battery smoldering or, in some cases, catching fire," Lime said in a statement.

The company has also received an "unconfirmed report" that another Segway Ninebot scooter model might also be vulnerable to battery failure.

While they are investigating the unconfirmed report, all Segway Ninebot scooters will now only be charged at Lime's scooter storage facilities and will no longer be available to employees to charge on the street until the investigation has concluded, the company said.

In the same statement, Lime added that they've learned that the baseboards of scooters made by another one of their manufacturers, Okai, can break "when subjected to repeated abuse." Lime said its employees are currently studying this issue as well.

Lime and other scooter companies entered the Austin market earlier this year. Austin was not listed as a city affected by the recall. It was unclear Tuesday whether the measure will impact the company's service in the city.

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