The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provided an overview of an upcoming report on the safety of electric scooters and hoverboards, and it serves as a warning to consumers who use these popular “micromobility” products.
The advance release shows that runner injuries and fatalities continue to rise. It also shows that accidents and injuries involving these products stabilized in 2020, when most people spent more time at home.
According to CPSC researchers, emergency rooms treated more than 190,000 people from 2017 to 2020 who were injured in micromobility accidents. The increase has grown steadily during this period.
Mechanical, electrical and human factors
Electric scooters, which have become widely used in urban areas, accounted for a large part of the injuries. These types of injuries have increased from 7,700 in 2017 to 25,400 in 2020.
Injuries most commonly affect the arms and legs, as well as the head and neck. The CPSC said it was aware of 71 deaths associated with micromobility products from 2017 to 2020, although the reports are incomplete.
“The dangers associated with micromobility products fall mainly into three broad areas: mechanical, electrical and human factors,” the security agency said in a statement. “To address these risks, CPSC staff continue to work with ASTM International and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to develop and improve voluntary standards. “
The CPSC said it analyzed incident data and tested various hazards associated with the products. The agency said it is also working with federal partners and industry stakeholders to promote the safety of micromobility.
Manufacture and sales of electric scooters have increased in recent years when urban companies began renting these scooters to pedestrians who had to walk several blocks in a large city. There are also scooter sharing systems that use apps that allow users to rent scooters by the minute.
People using micromobility products should pay attention to safety procedures. Cyclists should always wear a helmet to reduce the risk of serious head injuries. Before riding an electric scooter, check for damage, which includes examining the handlebars, brakes, throttle, bell, lights, tires, cables, and frame. The CPSC says damage to the electric scooter can cause loss of control and lead to an accident.