In August 2022, the manufacturer of Onewheel GT electric skateboards issued a recall of the front footpad on those products, citing a commonly occurring malfunction that puts riders at risk.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcement, the footpad can fail to disengage despite a rider’s attempt to stop. The board’s continued movement poses a risk to bystanders.
The recalled component caused 813 reports of malfunctioning, with 11 injuries reported, including bruising and a twisted ankle.
Future Motion sold more than 22,000 footpads, either as part of an Onewheel GT or separately as a replacement, which are now recalled.
On Nov. 16, 2022, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning on Future Motions’ Onewheel skateboard models sold since 2013. The CPSC’s investigation found that the skateboards could fail to balance the rider or stop suddenly while in motion. Both instances pose a risk of serious injuries or death to the rider.
According to the CPSC, between 2019 and 2021, four deaths were reported, and multiple reports of serious injuries after the Onewheel skateboard failed to balance the rider or stopped unexpectedly while in motion. Injuries from the recalled electric skateboards included traumatic brain injuries, concussion, paralysis, upper-body fractures, lower-body fractures, and ligament damage.
Despite the CPSC’s findings and warnings, Future Motion refused to recall its Onewheel skateboards.
Due to the CPSC’s immense concern for consumer safety, the November 2022 warning was followed by a public statement conducted by Commissioner Trumka, specifically addressing the CPSC advisory and Future Motion’s refusal to recall the Onewheel skateboards.
According to the CPSC, Commissioner Trumka stated that “Future Motion is unwilling to take appropriate action to fix a product hazard that has killed people.”
On Sept. 29, 2023, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) expanded the recall of Future Motion’s Onewheel electric skateboards due to crash hazards.
Approximately 300,000 units were recalled in total.
What models are included in the Onewheel electric skateboard recalls?
The recall includes the following models:
- Onewheel (original)
- Onewheel+ XR
- Onewheel Pint
- Onewheel Pint X
- Onewheel GT
The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Onewheel electric skateboards.
Recent Onewheel Electric Skateboard Lawsuits Filed by Johnson//Becker
Johnson//Becker is filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of Onewheel electric skateboards, Future Motion, Inc., alleging that the company’s electric skateboards are liable for the following clients’ injuries.
Sept. 8, 2023 | Boston v. Future Motion, Inc.
According to the Complaint, in May 2023, Mr. Boston took his Onewheel GT skateboard out for a ride. Three minutes later, while riding at about 16.2 miles per hour, the Onewheel electric skateboard unexpectedly stopped. The sudden stop in motion violently ejected Mr. Boston off the skateboard, causing him to land hard on the pavement and skid across the road.
The Complaint alleges that Mr. Boston was diagnosed with inter alia, an open fracture to his radius and ulna in his left arm. This injury required surgery. Mr. Boston claims to have suffered a concussion, an acute kidney injury, and multiple face and chest abrasions.
Sept. 8, 2023 | Burke v. Future Motion, Inc.
According to the Complaint, in February 2023, Mr. Burke used his Onewheel+ XR while camping for a friend’s wedding in Florida. Mr. Burke was riding the skateboard from his campsite to another campsite for breakfast when the Onewheel suddenly stopped. Mr. Burke was violently launched off the device onto the pavement.
The Complaint states that Mr. Burke was diagnosed with inter alia, a displaced fracture of his mid-right clavicle and that his injuries required surgery.
Sept. 8, 2023 | Emmel v. Future Motion, Inc.
According to the Complaint, in June 2022, Mr. Emmel was riding his Onewheel Pint when the skateboard suddenly and unexpectedly stopped. Mr. Emmel was thrown from the Onewheel and knocked unconscious. A bystander later found him, and the police contacted his wife.
The Complaint stated that Mr. Emmel was diagnosed with inter alia and the following conditions:
- Left temporoparietal subdural hematoma: a condition where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain
- Right parietal convexity subdural hemorrhage: a condition where blood is leaking out of a torn vessel into a membrane between the brain and the skull
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage: a condition where there is bleeding in the space between the brain and the surrounding membranes
- Left temporal bone fracture: a fracturing of the thickest bone in the body, located at the sides and base of the skull
- Traumatic brain injury: a condition that results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.
Questions About an Electric Skateboard Injury Lawsuit? Contact a Johnson//Becker Lawyer for a Free Case Review.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled electric skateboard, you may want to speak with the lawyers at Johnson//Becker. We are currently accepting new electric skateboard recall lawsuits across the country, and you may be entitled to financial compensation.
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