Lime announced a global recall of one of the models of its electric scooters after concerns were raised that the scooters could break apart while in use.
Lime — along with its competitor, Bird — entered into a partnership with Baltimore in August to place up to 1,000 scooters or electric bikes on the streets.
Here’s what local riders need to know about the recall, which was first reported by The Washington Post.
Which scooters are recalled?
Scooters made by manufacturer Okai are the ones being recalled. Lime hasn’t said how many of that make of scooters are in its fleets, but it is removing them from all streets, according to The Post.
What should you do if you see one on the street?
For starters, don’t ride it. But it’s unclear whether the Okai scooters have any distinguishing branding features that would help a rider identify them. The scooters that broke were coming apart where the handle stem meets the deck; take a close look there for any cracking before you unlock one. (A quick exam is generally a good idea before riding any bike or scooter.)
I thought the batteries were Lime’s problem…
They were. This recall comes several weeks after the company acknowledged that it had pulled thousands of its scooters off the streets this summer after discovering that a small number of them may have been carrying batteries with the potential to catch fire, The Post reported.
What has Lime said about this situation?
"Safety is Lime’s highest priority,” the company’s statement says. “The vast majority of Lime’s fleet is manufactured by other companies and decommissioned Okai scooters are being replaced with newer, more advanced scooters considered best in class for safety. We don’t anticipate any real service disruptions.”