Over in the US, Brompton is recalling its folding e-bikes due to a risk of the front wheel locking up and causing injury to the rider. So far, there has been nine reported injuries and two cases of people going to hospital. This seems to be affecting any folding electric bicycles from Brompton sold between May 2019 and March 2022.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) agency, ten owners so far have reported issues where objects can get trapped in-between the mudguard the front tire, which then causes the wheel to lockup sending the rider over the handle bars and injuring themselves. This dangerous issues has caused two hospitalisations with injuries varying from head, broken bones and even chipped teeth.
Although the recall is happening in the US, this is affecting all Brompton owners globally and is related to the Electric M2L, H2L, M6L, and H6L models. Owners of these bikes have been recommended to not ride the bike at all and take it to a Brompton dealer to sort out a free repair. In the US, the CPSC recall is affecting 2,230 bikes.
The Brompton bikes affected aren’t cheap either, costing from between $3,500 and $3,800 (£2,800-£3,100)