What to know about the Lime scooter recall

Marco Green
November 13, 2018

A Lime rider in San Francisco.

The electric scooter company Lime, which has taken the country by storm, has made a decision to immediately remove one of the company's brands from every city across the globe after determining the scooters could break apart while in use.

The recall comes just a few weeks after the recall of another Lime scooter model, due to concerns over battery fires.

Lime is recalling some of its vehicles after reports that the electric scooters can break apart while in use, according to the Washington Post. It said the questionable scooters would be replaced by newer scooters "considered best in class for safety".

"Safety is Lime's highest priority and as a precaution we are immediately decommissioning all Okai scooters in the global fleet".

Those who experience the breaking scooter are typically leaving them where they break, and it has been hard for the company to tally how many have broken, the Washington Post reports.

The company announced the affected scooters will be decommissioned but did not say how many units were being recalled or in what cities they are being used. "We don't anticipate any real service disruptions".

Auckland Council's manager of street trading Peter Knight said his team was likely to amend the conditions under which Lime must operate when the three-month trial was up.

News of the scooters being pulled follows word of an earlier issue with some Lime scooters.

Unrelated to Okai, since the trial of the scooters began last month there have been dozens of reports of accidents.

Rentable e-scooters from Lime, Lyft, Uber-owned Jump and other companies have become a controversial topic as they show up in more USA cities and regulators hurry to write laws around the new form of transportation.

Mi New Zealand spokesman Eric Chang said Mi scooters were safer than their Lime alternatives, as they had built-in safety features such as headlights, dual-brake systems and had to be manually pushed to a speed of 5km/h to start. Some people say they love being able to scoot block-to-block around congested cities. In September, a 24-year-old Dallas man died after falling off a Lime scooter. At the time, Lime said it hadn't found evidence of a scooter malfunction.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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