Lime recalls scooters after fear of them catching fire

Lime has recalled some of its scooters because of the chance that the batteries could catch fire. The recalled scooters are in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Lake Tahoe area. The George-Anne reached out to Lime about the safety of Georgia Southern University’s scooters but only received a link to a blog post from Lime regarding the situation in general.

Rachel Adams

Lime has recalled some of its scooters because of the chance that the batteries could catch fire.

According to an article by CNN, Lime has recalled scooters in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Lake Tahoe area, the three places where the affected scooters were in service.

Lime uses batteries from many different manufacturers, including Segway Ninebot, a segway company, in its scooters.

The George-Anne reached out to Lime about the safety of Georgia Southern University’s scooters but only received a link to a blog post from Lime regarding the situation in general.

According to the blog post, Lime learned of the battery malfunctions in August.

“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 post said.

According to the blog post, Lime worked with Segway Ninebot to develop software programs to offset and identify the defective batteries. Lime also developed sturdier scooters that were more durable and resistant to damage.

The post also detailed what Lime is doing to fix the situation:

  • All Segway Ninebot scooters will now only be charged at Lime’s scooter storage facilities and will no longer be available to Juicers for after-hours charging until we are satisfied that there are no remaining issues with these scooter models.
  • Lime storage and charging facilities globally will be staffed 24/7 by employees specially trained for the safe handling of these particular batteries.
  • We have initiated a new daily diagnostic testing program for all scooters in all of our global markets, regardless of manufacturer, to constantly monitor battery health and efficiency.

Rachel Adams, The George-Anne News Reporter, [email protected]