Fire Hazards of Lithium-Ion Batteries in E-Bikes

by | Jan 18, 2024 | Civil litigation, Product Recalls

In New York City, the increasing popularity of e-bikes, e-scooters, and other devices has brought with it a concerning trend: a rise in fires and fatalities caused by lithium-ion batteries. The New York City Fire Department has reported a significant number of fires attributed to these batteries, with at least 239 incidents and 17 deaths in the past year alone. This alarming statistic underscores a growing safety issue within the city.

Despite efforts like the lithium-ion battery trade-in program and the establishment of e-bike charging stations, the problem persists. A recent fire at a South Richmond Hill Queens bike shop, caused by a lithium-ion battery, shows the dangers. Security footage captured the rapid escalation of the fire, with sparks and flames leading to a complete engulfment of the shop within minutes. This incident is not isolated; similar scenarios are occurring with increasing frequency in the city.


Experts point to the unregulated nature of the e-bike and micromobility market as a contributing factor. Often, fires are triggered by batteries being charged for extended periods, leading to overheating, malfunction, and ultimately combustion. The rapid and intense nature of these fires has prompted colleges and property managers to take preventative measures, including banning e-bikes and similar devices from their premises.

Notable Product Recalls

One of the most notable examples of lithium battery hazards was the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall, where a design flaw led to numerous cases of the device’s battery catching fire. The fallout led to a complete recall of the model, costing Samsung billions of dollars.

Electric vehicles, powered by large lithium-ion battery packs, have also come under scrutiny after incidents of EVs catching fire. In 2020, General Motors recalled over 110,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to the risk of battery fires.

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