Electric bikes sold on Amazon, Walmart and Sears websites recalled due to battery explosion hazard

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Thousands of e-bikes are being recalled because their lithium-ion batteries can explode and burn consumers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

Manufacturer Ancheer said consumers should stop using the batteries on electric bike model number AM001907, of which there are about 22,000 units, according to the CPSC.

The CPSC said the bikes were sold on the following websites from January 2016 to June 2022: Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Sears, Wish, Rakuten, Overstock, Aliexpress, Ancheer and Newegg. The bikes cost between $280 and $930, according to the CPSC.

The company, which said it issued the recall voluntarily, “has received six reports of incidents involving fires, explosions, or sparks, including four reports of burn injuries,” according to the CPSC press release.

The affected model number can only be found on the product packaging, not on the bike itself, Ancheer said.

The bikes are black and have 26-inch wheels, the manufacturer said. The battery is shaped like a water bottle and is attached to the bike’s downtube, which is printed with “ANCHEER”, according to the manufacturer.

Ancheer advises consumers to remove batteries and dispose of them at an appropriate waste or recycling facility. Consumers will receive a free battery replacement by sending proof of proper disposal to [email protected]

Alternatively, Ancheer said customers can send them the recalled batteries by requesting a prepaid parcel post and shipping label to the same email. The manufacturer said it can be reached at 888-661-1330 for more information.

The CPSC said 77,200 injuries were reported in 2021 related to e-bikes, scooters and hoverboards, along with 48 deaths. Most injuries were caused by “user control” issues and motor vehicle collisions, the CPSC said, but the third leading cause was lithium-ion battery fires.


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