Injuries from e-bikes and e-scooters increased again last year, CPSC finds

As e-scooters, hoverboards and e-bikes increase in popularity, emergency rooms are seeing an increase in injuries — fractures, crushes, burns and cuts — related to the products, continuing a multiyear trend, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found in a report released Tuesday.

Injuries related to micro-mobility devices, including e-scooters, e-bikes and hoverboards, have increased by an estimated 23% each year since 2017 and rose nearly 21% last year from 2021, the federal agency said in its report which is based on data collected from US hospitals.

There have been at least 233 deaths linked to the products from 2017 to 2022, but the number is likely higher as reporting is “ongoing and incomplete,” the CPSC said. Hospital emergency departments treated an estimated 360,800 injuries related to the products during that time, according to the report.

About 36% of injuries over the six-year period involved children aged 14 and under – double their share of 18% of the total population, the agency noticed. Nearly half, or 46%, of all estimated e-bike injuries from 2017 to 2022 occurred in 2022 alone. However, hoverboard injuries fell by 26% from 2021 to 2022, according to the CPSC.

Lithium-ion battery fires from electric cars, bikes and scooters are on the rise, challenging firefighters


Fires related to the units are a significant hazard, killing at least 19 people from Jan. 1, 2021, to Nov. 28, 2022, the CPSC noted.

Not included in this count are four deaths and two serious injuries resulting from one overnight fire in an e-bike workshop in New York City in June. Fire officials say the fire quickly spread to residences above the store after a lithium-ion battery failed.

Fires from the rechargeable batteries that power e-bikes, scooters and electric cars burn hotter and longer than gas, increasing the danger and proves to be a challenge for the fire service.

Yale University took that risk prohibit e-scooters from any of its residential properties, including student dormitories just before the start of the fall semester, with the institution in New Haven, Connecticut following a similar prohibit of Columbia University.

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