The Ninebot KickScooter, which is manufactured by Segway, went up to 21 miles per hour in a test conducted by Consumer Reports. The issue was raised earlier in a post on the forum ScooterTalk. Most cities have rules that restrict scooters from going more than 15 miles per hour.
Several scooters from Bird, Lyft and Skip that were rented in Washington, DC, achieved those speeds, according to the report. Activating the glitch "involves taking a few steps with the rear brake and the throttle," Consumer Reports says. The glitch reportedly didn't happen on Ninebot KickScooters from Spin, which is owned by Ford, and Jump, which is owned by Uber.
"Safety is fundamental to Lyft and our team is investigating this report," a Lyft representative said.
Skip said it's actively investigating the issue, and that its team is always working to maintain high safety standards for its customers.
"At this time, we are not seeing a fleet-wide issue as it pertains to acceleration," a Skip representative said in an emailed statement late Friday. "We encourage riders experiencing acceleration issues to contact our support team."
Bird didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
have been killed in e-scooter accidents, and hospitals around the country report daily injuries, some of which are life-threatening or leave people permanently disabled., which in the last year or so have become available in nearly 100 US cities, are responsible for as many as . Riders have after discovering their brakes didn't work or speeding into oncoming traffic. Some
First published at 3:09 p.m. PT on June 7.
Updated at 4:45 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Skip.
Updated June 10 at 9:39 a.m. PT: Adds link to ScooterTalk forum.