Onewheel Skateboard Recall Launched After 4 Deaths

Onewheel Skateboard Recall Launched After 4 Deaths

Self-balancing electronic skateboards have been all the rage in recent years. Their sleek design and ease of use have made them popular for adventure seekers and daily commuters alike. However, amidst the thrill and fun of these gadgets, a concerning issue has emerged. Several reports of Onewheel skateboards randomly launching users or nosediving have put into question the safety of these devices. Future Inc. has initiated a Onewheel skateboard recall after learning of four deaths and several injuries tied to the boards.  

About the Onewheel Skateboard Recall 

On September 29, 2023, Future Motion Inc. and the CPSC announced a Onewheel skateboard recall encompassing 300,000 units. The core reason behind this comprehensive recall lies in the boards’ behavior when pushed to their limits. In a critical safety concern, Onewheel skateboards can stop balancing the rider if the boards’ limits are exceeded, posing a crash hazard that can result in serious injury or death. This abrupt cessation of balance can lead to life-altering accidents and crashes. 

Between 2019 and 2021, Future Motion received dozens of reports of incidents tied to malfunctioning Onewheel skateboards. Among these incidents, at least four tragic deaths have been reported, stemming from severe head trauma.   

Additionally, individuals suffered severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, concussion, paralysis, upper-body fractures, lower-body fractures, and ligament damage. 

Back in November, the CPSC advised consumers to stop using Onewheel electric skateboards. This advisory was prompted by a growing number of reports detailing not only injuries but also fatalities associated with these popular boards.  

CPSC Recommendations for Onewheel Skateboard Recall 

The CPSC has urged consumers to immediately cease the use of any Onewheel skateboards affected by the recall:  

  • Onewheel (original) 
  • Onewheel+ 
  • Onewheel+ XR 
  • Onewheel Pint 
  • Onewheel Pint X 
  • Onewheel GT 

The Onewheel skateboard recall applies to all models of Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboards sold from as far back as January 2014 up to September of the current year. Therefore, if you own a Onewheel skateboard within this timeframe, it falls under the recall. 

Those with the Onewheel GT, Onewheel Pint X, Onewheel Pint, or Onewheel+ XR should download or update the Onewheel app and use the app to update the firmware on their board to include Haptic Buzz alert functionality. The Haptic Buzz feature provides real-time feedback through a buzzing sensation and sound, alerting them to potential risks or irregularities during their ride, like error states or low battery. This added layer of safety can help riders make split-second decisions that may prevent accidents. 

Riders can check their board’s eligibility for the update and find detailed instructions to install it on Future Motion’s website.  

Onewheel Skateboard Lawsuits October 2023 

 While the Onewheel skateboard recall aims to protect consumer safety, it has come too late for many. Four deaths and several life-changing injuries have sadly prompted the much-needed recall.  

Dozens of individuals have filed Onewheel skateboard lawsuits, alleging Future Motion failed to implement safety measures to protect riders. At this time there is a motion to create multidistrict litigation (MDL) for Onewheel skateboard lawsuits. An MDL will bring these claims before one judge in a single court to promote fairness and efficiency.   

As we watch the Onewheel skateboard recall unfold and await the decision on the MDL, The Lake Law Firm stands ready to assist individuals in filing Onewheel skateboard lawsuits. If a Onewheel skateboard injured you or a loved one, please call (888) 525-3529 to see if you qualify for a potential claim.