Lime – one of the nation’s largest electric scooter companies – pulled thousands of its scooters off the streets this summer after discovering that a small number of them may be carrying batteries with the potential to catch fire – according to company officials.
The company said in a statement Wednesday that it learned of a risk in August that a ‘manufacturing defect’ in some of its scooters ‘could result in the battery smoldering or in some cases catching fire’.
The statement came in response to questions from The Washington Post about Lime’s scooters catching on fire.
Though company officials said in an interview that Lime recalled about 2,000 scooters they said the risk of smoldering and fires was real in only a tiny percentage of cases.
The company said it took off the streets the much larger number out of an abundance of caution.
‘All vulnerable scooters were quickly removed from circulation – minimally impacting service to our Los Angeles – San Diego and Lake Tahoe markets’ the company said in the statement.
‘At no time were riders or members of the public put at risk’.