Electric bicycles, also known as e-bikes, have been growing in popularity in recent years. They offer a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation for commuting, exercise, and leisure. However, e-bike owners and riders need to be aware of the potential dangers associated with their batteries catching fire.
A Time Line of Injuries & Deaths Caused by E-bikes
According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2012 and 2016, there were an estimated 50,100 fires involving consumer electronic products in the US, resulting in 210 deaths and 1,850 injuries.
Per the Light Electric Vehicle Association, the number of fires has been rising in correlation with the number of e-bikes sold. The US imported over 1 million last year, up from 880,000 in 2021 and 450,000 in 2020. E-bike batteries are among the electronic devices that are at risk of catching fire.
According to the Associated Press, as of February 24th, 2023, lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and scooters had already caused 22 fires leading to 36 injuries and 2 deaths this year in New York City alone.
One of the main reasons e-bike batteries can catch fire is due to overheating. Overheating can occur when the battery is overcharged, left in hot temperatures, or damaged due to an impact. In addition, manufacturing defects and poor quality control in battery manufacturing can also lead to battery fires.
Injuries from e-bike battery fires can be severe and life-threatening. Riders can suffer from burns, smoke inhalation, and even explosions. In March 2023, a fire was sparked in a Bronx, New York grocery store resulting in 7 injuries and extensive damage due to the fire.
What To Do if You Have Been Injured By an E-Bike Battery Fire
According to a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 2,700 e-bike-related injuries treated in emergency departments in the US in 2017. Although the CPSC does not specifically track e-bike battery fires, the injuries from such fires can be significant.
If you have been injured due to an e-bike battery fire, you may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer of the e-bike or the battery, the retailer who sold it to you, or any other parties who may be responsible for the accident. It is essential to speak with one of our attorneys for a no-cost, confidential consultation to better understand your legal options.
To minimize the risk of e-bike battery fires, riders should take the following precautions:
1. Use the correct charger: Always use the charger that came with your e-bike
battery. Using an incompatible charger can cause the battery to overheat and
2. Store the battery properly: Store the battery in a cool, dry place, away from direct
sunlight and heat sources.
3. Inspect the battery regularly: Check the battery for any signs of damage, such as
cracks or bulges, and replace it if necessary.
4. Don’t overcharge the battery: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging
the battery and do not leave it charging for longer than necessary.
5. Use caution when riding: Be mindful of any unusual sounds or smells coming
from the battery, and stop riding immediately if you suspect that something is
In conclusion, e-bike batteries can be a source of danger if they catch fire. By following the guidelines above and being vigilant, e-bike riders can minimize the risk of accidents and enjoy their e-bikes safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an e-bike battery fire, please contact us today for a free consultation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve.