Houston residents increasingly enjoy the pass time of biking along Houston’s vast bayous and greenways. While biking has only grown in popularity since COVID made outdoor recreational sports grow in popularity, for many the e-bike is a thrilling new option in the sport. Unfortunately, E-bikes have led to a rise in tragic biking incidents. This is due to many factors including user error, vehicle collision, and most recently product recall.
Given the high-speed capabilities of an e-bike, they are more likely than generic bikes to cause serious injury. High-speed collisions with other bikers, stationary objects, or automobiles can be deadly when traveling on an e-bike. And the importance of a properly fitting helmet can often be overlooked when people try e-bikes or rent them for a ride.
A recent recall of e-bikes reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission states that “the lithium-ion batteries can ignite, explode or spark, posing fire, explosion and burn hazards to consumers”. ANCHEER E-Bike, the popular brand which is the subject of the recall has stated that they would provide replacements for the defective bikes. Unfortunately, all too often recalls made by the Consumer Product Safety Commission are not received by all customers of the recalled product—leaving hazardous bikes out in the public. To date, ANCHEER has received six reports of incidents involving fire, explosions, or sparks, including four reports of burn injuries. This recall poses a danger to both the rider and the general public. Approximately 22,000 units are subject to this recall, which became official on October 13, 2022.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a defective E-Bike, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll-free at 1‑800-870-9584.