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Call for action after 11 deaths in UK due to e-bike fires


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Eleven people were killed in fires caused by e-bikes in the UK last year and now ministers face calls for urgent action over the sale of dangerous products.

E-bike fires can be particularly deadly because they can rapidly ignite in a fireball, and because the bikes are routinely left to charge overnight in hallways, they can block what may be the only exit. Campaigners compare the most dangerous products to “unexploded bombs”.

New figures produced by the Office for Product and Safety Standards (OPSS), drawn from data from UK fire and rescue services, reveal what is believed to be the highest number of deaths recorded from e-bike fires in the UK last year.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2024/mar/09/unexploded-bombs-call-for-action-after-11-deaths-in-uk-due-to-e-bike-fires

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11 deaths is very sad.

Equally, we don't need parliament to debate product safety after 11 deaths. We need them to debate e vehicle safety completely because they are anything but safe. Luton Airport fire as an example.. just 3 months ago I saw a hybrid car just ignite and take out 5vcars in a car park while the fire brigade watched on mostly. The recent report this week of a guy in the UK whose car accelerated to 120mph and cut off braking.lickoly the police guided the driver until the battery went flat but that took hours. Network rail ban e scooters on their trains, they know the risks.

Back to gas and oil please..much safer.

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1 hour ago, OpenMindedSceptic said:

Luton Airport fire as an example.. 

Which was a diesel car.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-67313813

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just 3 months ago I saw a hybrid car just ignite and take out 5vcars in a car park while the fire brigade watched on mostly.

Sure you did.

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The recent report this week of a guy in the UK whose car accelerated to 120mph and cut off braking.lickoly the police guided the driver until the battery went flat but that took hours.

It accelerated to 90-100 and was stopped in 35 minutes. Not good but nothing to suggest this is due to the engine being electric. Sounds more like the over computerisation of cars coming back to bite.

https://www.gbnews.com/lifestyle/cars/electric-car-jaguar-police-brakes-fail-motorway

These kind of fabrications are why people don't trust your "first hand accounts".

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5 hours ago, Setton said:

Which was a diesel car.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-67313813

Sure you did.

It accelerated to 90-100 and was stopped in 35 minutes. Not good but nothing to suggest this is due to the engine being electric. Sounds more like the over computerisation of cars coming back to bite.

https://www.gbnews.com/lifestyle/cars/electric-car-jaguar-police-brakes-fail-motorway

These kind of fabrications are why people don't trust your "first hand accounts".

Reported at the time as a diesel car found to be... a hybrid. Do keep up.

This kind of missing the facts are why people don't trust your accounts.

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11 deaths, I wonder how that compares on a list of the common causes of death in the UK.

Whatever, those who asses risk (EU for example) using a potential to cause harm should by now be drawing up legislation to ban the current generation of E bikes.

Along with current laws on regulating GM crops. 

Are current EU policies on GMOs justified?

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11248-019-00120-x#:~:text=Conclusion,justified (on risk grounds).

And EV's  - 

 

 

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23 hours ago, OpenMindedSceptic said:

Reported at the time as a diesel car found to be... a hybrid. Do keep up.

It was a diesel.

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Posts on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) have claimed that the Luton Airport multi-storey car park fire was started by an electric or hybrid vehicle.

But this is not the case. The local fire brigade, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, confirmed to Full Fact that the initial vehicle involved in the fire was a diesel, not a hybrid.

https://fullfact.org/online/electric-hybrid-did-not-start-luton-airport-car-park-fire/

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I saw three electric cars burst into flames on the Wessex Way this last weekend. One of the drivers said "Whatever you do, don't buy an EV. The only way to keep safe is to keep ICE cars on the roads in the UK and vote Conservative in the GE". Convinced me.

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When someone gets splattered in a car crash its painful but the damage is quick. After the wounds most of the pain stops and they wait for the emergency services to come and cut them out to take them to hospital.

But when someone is in an EV you are going to burn alive!!! No thanks.

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One of the major causes of e-bike fires is people using cheap generic brand Chinese e-bike conversion kits as well as low-quality or incompatible chargers.

The issue is more a lack of proper regulation/legislation on the sale of these kits rather than the concept of e-bikes in general.

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3 hours ago, Saru said:

One of the major causes of e-bike fires is people using cheap generic brand Chinese e-bike conversion kits as well as low-quality or incompatible chargers.

The issue is more a lack of proper regulation/legislation on the sale of these kits rather than the concept of e-bikes in general.

Which magazine has done reports on plug-in heaters with fake CE safety marks, sold by Amazon and other companies via YouTube adverts and eBay. If a bargain looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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https://cesafety.co.uk/news/data-reveals-extent-of-electric-vehicle-fires-around-the-uk/

I visit Malaysia quite regularly and have noticed that most apartment buildings (and there are lots) are built above their respective car parks and I've doubt many other cities are similar. There is a disaster waiting to happen.

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Electric vehicles - cars - are safer than diesel or petrol - internal combustion engine (ICE) - vehicles, being twenty times less likely to catch fire. There is a lot of misinformation and scare-mongering about electric vehicles on social media. Any electrical appliance or device, including phones and e-bikes, are capable of igniting while charging. People shpould exercise common sense. 

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