Onewheel Electric Skateboards Recalled After Injuries and Deaths Reported

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Monday a recall for all models of Onewheel electronic skateboards after reports of injuries and deaths.

The recall affects 300,000 self-balancing skateboards manufactured by Future Motion. The commission warned consumers to stop using the skateboards immediately, citing a safety issue that could result in serious injury or death if the board’s limits are exceeded. There have been four reported deaths of users between 2019 and 2021, as well as multiple reports of serious injuries.

The deaths were the result of head trauma, and in at least three cases, the rider was not wearing a helmet. Injuries linked to the skateboards included traumatic brain injury, concussion, paralysis, body fractures, and ligament damage.

Initially, Future Motion refused to agree to a recall when first warned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in November, but the company is now cooperating. The company plans to roll out a firmware update in the next few weeks to address the safety issues, although it will only be available for certain Onewheel products.

Future Motion and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggested that riders wear personal safety equipment to mitigate the risk of injury. The company did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

The recall serves as a reminder of the importance of product safety and the potential risks associated with popular recreational equipment. It also highlights the responsibility of manufacturers to prioritize consumer safety and respond promptly to safety concerns.