Lime says it recalled some electric scooters amid fears their batteries could catch fire

Lime says it recalled some electric scooters amid fears their batteries could catch fire
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Lime, a company behind a fleet of electric scooters that have cropped up in Washington, D.C., and other major cities, announced Tuesday that it recalled some scooters after discovering that they were carrying batteries that were liable to catch fire.

The company said in a statement that it learned in August of an issue with some of the batteries in its Ninebot model scooters.

"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," the company said.


The Washington Post first reported the company's statement about the recall, which came after the news outlet raised questions about some scooters catching fire.

The Post, citing an interview with company officials, reported that Lime had recalled about 2,000 scooters.

The company said in its statement that it recalled around 0.01 percent of its fleet, with some scooters being taken out of operation in Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe.

"At no time were riders or members of the public put at risk," the company said.

However, Lime said it recently discovered a potential battery flaw in a different scooter model.

"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," the company said.

The Washington Post reported that Lime and other scooter companies have become prominent in major cities at a rapid pace, with some employees and critics expressing concern that it has come at the expense of safety.

The news outlet noted that emergency room physicians have noticed seeing an increase in head trauma and broken bones since the devices have become prevalent on city streets.