A “high-speed” e-scooter model has been recalled due to the risk of riders crashing or suffering electric shocks.
Despite still being illegal to ride on public roads and pavements in England, the use of privately-owned electric scooters in Bristol is becoming increasingly common.
Trading Standards has now shared an urgent warning to anyone who has purchased one particular model, highlighting “serious” safety concerns.
It has issued a product recall for the Emanba branded scooter, model V-L10, which is listed as originating in China.
The product is described on the recall log as a “black and red scooter with seat” and “10-inch air tyres”.
Its risk level is listed as “serious” due to the potential for injuries and electric shocks, and failure to meet safety regulations.
The product recall warning was dated Friday (June 18), and states: “The product poses a serious risk of injuries as it went over the maximum speed requirement due to the speed not being limited.
“Consumer may crash on scooter as they may be unable to stop due to high speed and suffer injuries.
“The product does not meet the requirements of the Supply of Machinery Regulations 2008.”
It also notes that the product “poses a risk of electric shock as it was supplied with a non-compliant BS 1363 plug and a non-compliant BS 1362 fuse”.
The notice adds: “The transformer was also of a poor build quality because it did not meet the requirements for creepage and clearance.
“The product does not meet the requirements of Plugs and Sockets (Safety) Regulations 1994.”
Under ‘corrective measures’, the warning said the “import has been rejected at border”.
Product recalls and safety notices are usually issued by traders about products that pose safety concerns.
Emanba, which describes itself on its website as “one of the leading e-scooter manufacturers in the world”, has been contacted for comment.
Models currently for sale on its site range between £299 and £1,600.