22,000 Ancheer E-Bikes Recalled Due To Possible Battery Fire (UPDATED)

This is a serious Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall that affects 22,000 Ancheer e-bikes. The bikes were sold online at www.aliexpress.com, www.ancheer.shop, www.amazon.com, www.ebay.com, www.newegg.com, www.overstock.com, www.rakuten.com, www.sears.com, www.walmart.com and www.wish.com from January 2016 through June 2022 for between $280 and $930. Please, if you own one of these Ancheer E-bikes, take this recall seriously. The website link supplied by the Consumer Product Safety Commission did not work but I found this link that does work. You can also call Ancheer during working hours at (888) 661-1330. The company…

Specialized Expands E-Bike Recall Due To Fire Concern

We reported last May that Specialized issued a recall for 1st-generation Turbo Levo and Kenevo e-bikes manufactured between 2017 and 2019. This was due to a fire potential created by the bikes’ battery packs (and battery packs sold separately). News on August 30th, 2022 from Specialized reveals this initial recall didn’t correct the problem completely. Specialized is expanding the scope their first recall to include additional batteries and e-bikes. The recall now covers bikes and batteries sold between 2016 to 2021. Specialized and bike shops that sell Specialized bikes will…

The National Bicycle Dealers Association Takes Strong Stance On E-Bike Fire Risks

I have a rule not to regurgitate press releases from companies and organizations but I’m breaking my own rule for this one. While the statement falls short of asking for governmental oversight, it is the strongest stance yet about addressing the potential fire hazard related to e-bikes. Kudos to The National Bicycle Dealers Association. This is so encouraging after reading an article by a cycling trade publications that attempted to point the blame at other products rather than address the problem like the NBDA does here. Following is their release…

Look For The UL Label: Why Your New E-Bike Needs UL Certification – UPDATED

I get downhearted and disgusted posting so many stories about e-bike battery fires. These events include fatalities and loss of personal property into the millions of dollars. Unfortunately, this burden seems to rest on my humble shoulders. I don’t know of anyone else shinning a light on one of the e-bike industry’s most guarded dirty secrets. Ranting about the fire potential lurking in every e-bike is frustrating because I don’t see a viable solution to the problem. I pass along tips for reducing the chances of an e-bike battery fire…

Reevo Hubless E-Bike Earns UL 2849 Certification

Beno, the company developing the Reevo hubless e-bike, announced in their November 4th update on Indiegogo that their e-bike will meet the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2849 standard for e-bikes. This is a major benefit and value added for people who have already backed the bike (the Reevo is offered on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo) or plan to buy one once production begins. I find it impressive that a start-up e-bike company sees the value of third-party testing. This investment sends their backers a clear message that the company is serious about…

Espin Doesn’t Practice What They Preach – UPDATED

UPDATED 8/5/21: The battery safety tips have been removed from the espin website and that’s too bad. I wish I had made a copy of the article because it passed along valuable information. This happened after I posted this story on July 9th. When I posted my story, I hoped espin would change their marketing image. It never occurred to me that they would leave the bike-on-the-beach photo and remove their battery safety tips. Strange.  July 9. 2021: I commended espin, an electric-motorized bicycle company, for their article packed with…

E-Bike Battery Explosion Kills 60-Year-Old Rider

The United Kingdom’s Shropshire Star is reporting that 60-year-old Christabel Timmins suffered 55-percent burns and died of multiple organ failure after a charging e-bike battery exploded and caught fire to Timmins’ motorhome. The tragic story can be read by clicking here. I have posted a number of tips to reduce the risks when charging your e-bike’s battery.  After reading the specifics of this tragedy, I’ve add one more tip…Don’t charge an e-bike battery in a confined space like a motorhome, RV, boat, automobile, van or shed. Here are all my…

Modified E-Bike’s Fiery Explosion A Warning

An E-bike with a modified battery ignited into flames that were quickly contained because of the fire’s close proximity to an extinguisher. Reports were not clear if the bike was privately owned or used by a food-delivery service. The Straits Times reports that the fire took place in Singapore where, unlike in the United States, there are strict laws on e-bike modifications (that obviously didn’t deter this owner from making modifications) and there are a much larger number of E-bikes in operation than in the States. As E-bike use expands…

Why Communities Can’t Trust Micromobility Rental Businesses

Spokane’s KREM2 reports that a Lime charging facility caught fire in Spokane Valley on October 7th. The report explains that the fire’s cause was unknown, but a Spokane Valley Fire Department spokesperson believed it was likely an electrical problem. Anyone with the most basic understanding of battery charging (and the dangers associated with battery charging) would immediately pick up on two glaring red flags in the KREM2 report. First, the report says that “no one was in the warehouse at the time” of the fire. Rule one for avoiding a…

Lyft E-Bikes Pulled From San Francisco Bike Share Program After Two Fires

The San Francisco Examiner is reporting that Lyft has suspended its e-bike share program on the streets of San Francisco after two e-bikes caught fire in separate locations in the span of a week. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department classified the incident as a “battery pack issue” and a “fire from battery pack.” The fire was deemed not suspicious by the San Francisco Fire Department although a Lyft spokesperson has told media outlets that vandalism has not been ruled out (by Lyft)…