According to a recent press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), e-bike, e-scooter, and hoverboard injuries and fatalities are on the rise. In commemoration of last month’s National Fire Prevention Week, the commission is reminding Americans with micromobility products to be cautious and safe while using them.
E-scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards have become increasingly popular in recent years. Used by teens and adults alike, individuals favor these micromobility products for commuting to school or work or simply for having fun. Along with their growing popularity, however, comes some concerning hazards. The top three hazards associated with micromobility products are incidents with motor vehicles, user-control issues, and fires. From 2017 to 2021, the CPSC observed a 127% spike in injuries. Altogether, the commission received reports on 267,700 incidents involving emergency department visits. In addition to the injury reports, the CPSC is also aware of 129 fatalities during that same time period. E-scooters accounted for 68 of the deaths, hoverboards for eight, and e-bikes for 53.
Hoverboards accounted for the majority of the emergency department incident reports received by the CPSC (121,300), while the commission estimates that e-scooters came in as a close second at 117,600. The remaining 11% of reported injuries during the four-year span involved e-bicycles. The CPSC investigated several of the e-scooter, e-bike, and hoverboard incidents, and observed the following noteworthy hazard patterns:
Over the last few years, fire departments across the country have voiced their concern with the lithium-ion batteries that hoverboard, e-scooter, and e-bike manufacturers typically use in their products. To reduce fire-related hazards associated with this type of battery, the CPSC recommends that consumers observe the following safety tips:
The other primary hazards that micromobility consumers face are user-control problems and collisions with motor vehicles. Here are the CPSC’s recommendations for e-bike, e-scooter, and hoverboard users:
Every year, thousands of innocent consumers sustain injuries because of unsafe or defective products. Although manufacturers, suppliers, and sellers have a legal responsibility to produce and sell safe and reliable products, far too many sacrifice consumer safety in favor of raking in profits. When a product like an e-bike, e-scooter, or hoverboard causes an injury due to an unsafe design, a manufacturing defect, malfunction, or the failure to provide proper instructions or warnings, the victim should consider filing a products liability lawsuit.
At Galfand Berger, our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who were injured by dangerous or defective products. Here are some examples of similar cases our attorneys have litigated on behalf of their injured clients:
If you or one of your loved ones sustained injuries related to a defective e-bike, e-scooter, or hoverboard, someone at our firm can help. To learn more, contact a representative online now.
If you have a question about filing a legal claim, contact the Philadelphia products liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP today. Call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Allentown and Harrisburg.