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Report reveals Solar e-scooter poses safety risk to consumers

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has identified serious risks posed to consumers by a Solar e-scooter due to instability at high speeds.

Posted on 17 October 2022

On 10 October 2022 it was announced in a product safety report that the e-scooter is ‘inherently unstable’. The product in question is a black folding e-scooter with a battery pack and mains plug and a VIN of P120220540 0012.

The identified risks associated with the product include potential instability at speeds of 40mph, causing the e-scooter to become jumpy and unsteady and posing the risk of the rider falling off and sustaining injuries.

The OPSS has said that the e-scooter fails to meet the standards of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 and has assessed its risk level as ‘serious’. Corrective action has been taken by the OPSS which includes the import of e-scooters being rejected at the border.

Jill Paterson, partner in the Leigh Day product safety team, said:

“I am pleased that the product’s failings have been identified and that corrective action has been taken. The serious nature of the risks the e-scooter posed to consumers is a reminder of the importance of ensuring that products meet the relevant safety standards, and that consumer safety is always a priority.”

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