Tatum Report: According to the FDNY, the lithium-ion batteries used in increasingly popular e-bikes are a fire hazard. Authorities in New York City claim the bikes have been responsible for 140 fires in the past 16 months and resulted in at least five deaths since the beginning of 2021. CBS New York reported that the FDNY put out four bike-related fires in just one day last week.
Two residences on East Ninth Street in Brooklyn were destroyed in one of the fires, which took 100 firefighters over two hours to put out. The fire reportedly resulted in seven injuries. According to the Fire Department, these incidents are nothing new, there have already been over 40 fires sparked by e-bikes this year, at least one of which has been fatal. Officials also stated that over 100 similar incidents occurred in 2021, resulting in 79 injuries and at least four deaths. A dozen people were hurt in the e-bike fires on Thursday alone. more