Answer: They are literally falling apart.
Just a few weeks after decommissioning some of its scooters in California over battery fire concerns, Lime announced a global recall of some of its fleet over concerns that the devices are breaking in two.
The recall affects all Lime scooters made by Chinese manufacturer Okai, which are currently being replaced with newer models from other companies. The company told Gizmodo that it expects little to no overall service disruption, as most of its worldwide fleet is composed of unaffected scooters from other manufacturers.
According to The Washington Post, Lime had previously blamed “repeated abuse” as the culprit for Okai’s scooters breaking, but it is now investigating the possibility that the breaks happen under normal riding conditions as well.