All Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboard fashions are being recalled following experiences of at the very least 4 deaths and a number of accidents between 2019 and 2021. The recall was issued on Friday and consists of 300,000 of the skateboards offered worldwide and the Shopper Product Security Fee (CPSC) is warning customers to cease utilizing the skateboard instantly.
The CPSC warned within the recall notice: “The skateboards can cease balancing the rider if the boards’ limits are exceeded, posing a crash hazard that may end up in severe harm or loss of life.” It famous that the e-skateboard deaths have been brought on by head trauma, and in three of the 4 instances, the rider was not carrying a helmet. Those that have been injured whereas using the e-skateboard suffered a “traumatic mind harm, concussion, paralysis, upper-body fractures, lower-body fractures, and ligament injury,” the CPSC reported.
The recall consists of the Onewheel (unique), Onewheel+, Onewheel+ XR, Onewheel Pint, Onewheel Pint X, and Onewheel GT, and the Onewheel firm stated it has issued a firmware replace for its Onewheel GT, Pint X, Pint, and XR fashions. The replace will add a “haptic buzz” which is able to alert riders after they’re in a scenario that might end in a crash. The rider will reportedly be capable to hear and really feel the thrill, to allow them to “acknowledge that the board’s means to stability could quickly be exceeded to allow them to lean again and decelerate to keep away from crashing,” Onewheel proprietor, Future Movement, wrote in its recall announcement.
The replace will turn into out there for the GT mannequin inside one week after the recall announcement and can be out there inside six weeks for the Pint X, Pint, and XR fashions, the corporate stated.
The official recall comes practically a yr after the CPSC issued a warning to customers, telling them to stop using the Onewheel e-skateboards and including that it had evaluated the merchandise and located riders might be ejected, leading to harm or loss of life.
On the time, Onewheel denied that its e-skateboards weren’t protected and stated: “The agency sees no motive for riders to cease utilizing their boards or new riders to not buy one,” the CPSC stated in a November 2022 news release. The discharge added: “The agency states that Onewheel customers know that there are inherent dangers in using an electrical skateboard, simply as there are in some other board sport, or with using an e-bike, electrical scooter, ATV, or motorbike.”
Future Movement is dealing with 31 pending lawsuits from customers who declare they fell as a result of their Onewhell product “stopped or shut off unexpectedly,” the corporate stated in a court filing. It requested to consolidate the proceedings and requested they be transferred to the Center District of Florida, saying that’s the place the very best amount of lawsuits have been filed. The lawsuits have been filed throughout the U.S., together with Tennessee, California, Illinois, and New Jersey, amongst others, accounting for 15 states in complete.
Though the recalled Onewheel fashions are nonetheless listed on Future Movement’s web site, the choice to buy the product is disabled and as an alternative gives a hyperlink to the recall web page. In the meantime, customers who’ve the unique Onewheel or Onewheel+ fashions which aren’t eligible for a firmware replace can attain out to Future Movement to obtain a pro-rated refund upon disposing of the product, the CPSC stated.
The Onewheel staff suggested customers to not use Onewheel merchandise that aren’t up to date or will not be eligible for the replace and urged all riders to put on helmets and protecting gear whereas using the e-skateboard. Future Movement stated in its recall press launch: “Rider security is our high precedence and is crucial to the long-term success of the game.” It added that the “replace is the end result of months of labor with the CPSC and we’re proud to make continued enhancements towards creating the very best expertise for our riders.”
Future Movement didn’t instantly reply to Gizmodo’s request for remark despatched exterior common enterprise hours.