Syracuse, New York – New York State Attorney General Letitia James issued a warning to New Yorkers about the potential dangers of e-bike batteries, offering tips on how to safely handle them.
Most e-bikes, as well as e-scooters and hoverboards, operate on powerful lithium-ion batteries that store more energy and are more likely to catch fire than a typical battery.
In 2021, e-bike and e-scooter batteries lead to 79 injuries and four deaths in New York City alone, according to the Attorney General.
However, if the proper precautions are taken when maintaining, storing, charging, and disposing of these batteries, accidents can be avoided.
“E-bikes are a valuable resource for many hard-working New Yorkers, but they can carry safety risks if not used properly,” said Attorney General James. “That is exactly why it is so important that they are used carefully. While it can be tempting to search for deals or overlook problems, no convenience is worth your safety or your life. Taking all proper precautions can protect you, your family, your property, and everyone around you.”
The AG recommends taking the following steps when using e-bikes:
• Buy your e-bike and battery from a trusted manufacturer
• Maintain your battery by carefully checking it from time to time
• Store your battery in a safe place
• Charge your battery using only the cord and power adapter provided by the manufacturer
• Dispose of your battery at a battery-recycling location as putting batteries in the trash or recycling them at home is both unsafe and illegal