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Safety Message: e-bike and e-scooter

Safety Message: e-bike and e-scooter

If you own an e-bike or e-scooter or are thinking of purchasing one for yourself or someone else, please take note of this Important Safety Message from the UK’s national product regulator, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

E-bikes and e-scooters use large lithium-ion batteries which can present a risk of serious fire or explosion in certain circumstances. While these can be used safely, there have been a number of fire incidents involving lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and e-scooters, including in conversion kits.  

OPSS recommends you follow these five steps when purchasing, using or charging your e-bike or e-scooter to reduce fire risks:

  • Step 1:  RESEARCH – only BUY an e-bike, e-scooter, charger or battery from a known seller and check any product reviews
  • Step 2: READ – always READ and FOLLOW the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and using e-bikes or e-scooters
  • Step 3: CHECK – not all e-bike or e-scooter batteries and chargers are compatible or safe when used together. Check and only USE the manufacturer’s recommended battery or charger
  • Step 4: CHARGE – always charge in a safe place without blocking exits and always UNPLUG your charger when you have finished charging
  • Step 5: NEVER – attempt to modify or tamper with your battery