|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally Issued September 17, 2002, Last revised April 25, 2008
Release # 02-251
|EV Global Recall Hotline: (800) 871-4545
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058
Note: Firm is out of business, and a remedy is no longer available.
CPSC and EV Global Motors Co. Announce Recall of Lithium Batteries in Electric Bikes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EV Global Motors Co., of North Hills, Calif., voluntarily recalled about 2,000 lithium batteries in Mini E-Bike electric bicycles. The lithium ion batteries in these bicycles can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
EV Global Motors has received five reports of the batteries overheating, three of which caught fire, though no injuries have been reported.
The recalled lithium ion batteries are used to power EV Global's folding Mini E-Bike. The battery, which is located in the battery compartment just in front of the seat, is supplied with most models of the Mini E-Bike. The words "mini e-bike" are printed on the side of the bicycle near the steering column. These bicycles are manufactured in Taiwan and the battery packs are assembled in the U.S.
Bicycle, automobile and Internet retailers nationwide sold the electric bikes from February 2001 through July 2002 for between $1,400 and $1,700.
Consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately. The firm is no longer in business and a remedy is no longer available.
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