What’s worse than inconsiderate teens leaving electric scooters on the sidewalk? Electric scooters on the sidewalk that catch fire.
The Washington Post caught wind of evidence that some of Lime’s electric scooters had bursting into flames. In response to questions from the newspaper, Lime admitted it had pulled thousands of its scooters off the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe because of fire safety concerns.
In a blog post, Lime blamed a “manufacturing defect” for some of its scooters’ batteries “smoldering, or in some cases, catching fire.”
It also said it’s working on a fix: it wrote a piece of software that could detect if a particular battery is affected and automatically deactivate it. Exactly how that would work is still unclear.
Is the hem of your pants about to catch fire on the way to work? Unlikely, according to the company.
“At no time were riders or members of the public put at risk,” read the Lime blog post.
But it’s bound to be yet another black mark on an already-controversial scooters. City dwellers across the country have been calling the scooters a public nuisance thanks to them being left blocking sidewalks or even endangering pedestrians.
READ MORE: Electric scooter giant Lime says it recalled scooters amid fears that some could catch on fire [Washington Post]
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