Future Motion: Onewheel e-Skateboards Recalled, Deaths Reported
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall to consumers for Onewheel e-skateboards, made by Future Motion. They’re urging everyone to stop using these skateboards immediately. This comes after their assessment showed that riders can be suddenly thrown off or “ejected” from the skateboard, leading to potential serious injuries or even death.
From 2019 to 2021, there were at least four deaths linked to these skateboards. These fatalities were due to head injuries. Beyond these tragic losses, numerous other injuries have been reported, including concussions, paralysis, and fractures.
What’s a Onewheel?
These skateboards, unique for their single central wheel, have been on the market since 2014. They’re easily identifiable: the brand name (Onewheel) and model (like Onewheel+, Pint, GT) are printed on the skateboard’s side, and the Onewheel logo is on the wheel itself. Prices for the current models range from $1050 to $2200.
Although the CPSC has been pushing for a recall, Future Motion has been hesitant. However, recently, after pressure, Future Motion has finally agreed to recall 300,000 boards. In response to safety concerns, the company is introducing a “haptic buzz” alert feature, a warning system that riders can hear and feel, indicating potential danger.
Putting Safety First
Remember, safety should always be a top priority. If you own a Onewheel skateboard, please heed the CPSC’s advice and refrain from using it. For those who have experienced incidents with this product, it’s important to report them at www.SaferProducts.gov. This helps ensure that other consumers are made aware of the risks.
Furthermore, if you were planning to sell or donate your Onewheel skateboard, the CPSC recommends against this to prevent endangering someone else.
Injured on a Onewheel Electric Skateboard?
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