Thursday 7 February 2019

Are electric scooters as safe as they seem?

Are electric scooters as safe as they seem?

Electric scooters might be a convenient and low carbon way to get around but are they as safe as they seem?

A new study published by US watchdog Consumer Reports suggests not - it claims there have been at least 1,545 electric scooter-related accidents across the country since they became popular in 2017.

An Irish exchange student called Mark Sands was killed after a collision with an Uber taxi in Texas only last week, prompting calls to re-examine the safety of the vehicles, which are often available for public hire via smartphone applications.

William Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst at Consumer Reports, said: "Right now, a stunning number of e-scooter users are getting seriously hurt, including with head injuries.

"Consumers, scooter companies, cities, helmet-makers and safety regulators must work together now to improve the safety of these products."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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