Lectric E-Bike Recall Issued Over Brake Failure and Accident Risks

Recalll comes as safety experts are seeing an increase in injuries linked to e-bikes, e-scooter and hoverboard use.

About 45,000 Lectric Ebikes are being recalled because the brakes may fail, putting riders at risk of an accident and injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the Lectric Ebikes recall on September 7, indicating the front and rear brakes can stop working, causing the rider to lose control and injure themselves if they crash.

According to the recall, the agency is aware of at least four incidents involving the recalled e-bikes losing their ability to stop, which has resulted in at least two injuries, including lacerations and a fractured bone.

The recall impacts approximately 45,000 Lectric electric bicycles, and includes models XP 3.0 Black, XP 3.0 Long- Range Black, XP Step-Thru 3.0 Black, XP Step-Thru 3.0 White, XP Step-Thru 3.0 Long Range, and XP Step-Thru 3.0 Long Range White.

The e-bikes were distributed online at lectricebikes.com from November 2022 until May 2023, and retailed for between $1,000 and $1,200.

Lectric Ebikes plans to contact purchasers directly to notify them of the recall. They will provide customers with a free repair kit and $100 for installation of new mechanical brake calipers.

Consumers may contact Lectric Ebikes for their free repair kit by phone at 877-479-5422 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. They may also visit their website at https://www.lectricbikesrecall.expertinquiry.com or at www.lectricbikes.com.

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Concerns over Micromobility Device Injuries

Federal safety officials have indicated that injuries from micromobility devices, including e-bikes, e-scooters, and hoverboards, have increased in recent years.

The CPSC released a report last year, warning of increasing numbers of injuries from e-bikes, scooters, and hoverboard accidents, which rose by 127% between 2017 and 2021.

The report also highlighted the safety risks involved in using micromobility devices, as they are often used without protective equipment. Many are powered by lithium-ion batteries that pose fire risks.

According to the agency, approximately 267,700 emergency department visits linked to micromobility devices were reported in 2021.

The CPSC investigated hundreds of incidents to identify common injury patterns, and found that hoverboard fires were the most common cause of injuries, while brake failures were a common cause of e-bike and e-scooter injuries.

Officials issued several warnings to consumers, and recommended that they wear a helmet and avoid risky maneuvering or travelling at high speeds while using an e-bike, e-scooter, or hoverboard.

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