The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that it is recalling 300,000 Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboards due to multiple deaths and injuries related to the products.
Future Motion Inc. – the company that makes the skateboards – has received reports of four deaths related to self-balancing skateboards between 2019 and 2021.
Some clients also suffered traumatic brain injuries, upper and lower body fractures, and head trauma.
“The skateboards become unable to balance the rider if the limits of the boards are exceeded, creating an accident hazard that could result in serious injury or death,” the CPSC said in a statement.
The recall affects all models of Onewheels self-balancing electric skateboards, but only original Onewheel or Onewheel+ owners are being asked to discard their products.
A prorated refund – in the form of a Onewheel credit – is available to these customers.
Skateboarders who have purchased the Onewheel GT, Onewheel Pint
A firmware update for all four models will be available within six weeks.
The four reported deaths were head injuries, and the CPSC said at least three of the four riders were not wearing helmets.
“Future Motion and the CPSC encourage all drivers to wear personal protective equipment while driving,” the statement continued.
The CPSC determined that the recalled Onewheel skateboards were sold between January 2014 and September 2023. They cost between $1,050 and $2,200.
“This update is the culmination of months of work with the CPSC and we are proud to continually make improvements to provide the best possible experience for our riders,” Onewheel said in a statement.