Breeze C Scooter Recall Issued Due to Problems Stopping

Afikim Electric has issued a recall for electric scooters after product testing confirmed that they may become unresponsive during operation, which may prevent the driver from using the brakes and pose a risk of crashes.

A Breeze C Scooters recall was announced by the FDA on September 27, after the manufacturer indicated that the internal potentiometer wiper may become disconnected after extensive use and cause the vehicle to continue driving forward even after the brakes are applied.

A testing incident confirmed that the mobility scooters may have problems stopping, moving forward at speeds between 2 and 4 mph if the potentiometer becomes disconnected. If this occurs, the only way to stop the vehicle is to turn off the main key switch. Although no injuries have been reported to date, this may pose a serious risk of riders or bystanders.

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The scooter recall includes “Breeze C” 3 and 4 wheel scooters manufactured by Afikim Electric Vehicles between July 2, 2010 and July 24, 2012 where they were distributed and sold to users between September 15, 2010 and July 25, 2013 in the following states; California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Because they are mobility scooters they are considered medical devices and regulated by the FDA.

The affected Breeze C scooters have 2 back wheels, 1 or 2 front wheels, an adjustable swivel seat, a storage basket in the front, and were sold in either a metallic silver or blue color. The scooters measure 52 inches long by 26 inches wide, and sit 50 inches tall. They are rear-wheel drive and have a travel range of 25 miles and reach a maximum speed of 9.3 mph. For a full list of recalled serial numbers please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm370503.htm.

The manufacturer warns that users of the affected scooters should be cautious of their surroundings when using the product in case of a malfunction and contact Breeze C Scooters immediately at 1-800-809-3010 or email them at dov@afiscooters.com to arrange a repair. Afikim has begun contacting all known customers by both phone and email.

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