According to a new report published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, micro-mobility products such as e-bikes, e-scooters, and electric-powered hoverboards are leading to a spike in injuries and deaths. One reason for the sharp increase in injuries and deaths caused by electric-powered micro-mobility products is the intense popularity of these products.
According to 2017-2021 data published by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, approximately 270,000 people received medical treatment at U.S. emergency rooms for injuries connected to these transportation products. The CPSC reports that the annual number of injuries caused by electric-powered micro-mobility products has doubled in just five years. Last year, there were 77,200 emergency room visits compared to 34,000 back in 2017.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission report, the number of annual fatalities also rose to 48 in 2021. That is almost ten times as many deaths as there were back in 2017. The CPSC researchers discovered about 130 deaths occurred during the five-year study period.
The CPSC has issued the following tips to reduce injuries and deaths while using electric-powered micro-mobility vehicles:
- Always wear a DOT-approved bicycle helmet.
- Check for damaged before using.
- Wear bright-colored clothing.
- Look out for obstacles.
- Never use any vehicles after you have consumed alcohol or narcotic medications.
- Follow all manufacturer’s directions and safety information.
In addition to injuries caused by crashes, the CPSC warns of injuries caused by fires. According to the CPSC, never leave charging lithium-ion batteries unattended and only use only the power charger that came with the device. There have been numerous reports of lithium-ion batteries catching on fire leading to property damage, burn injuries, and deaths.
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