Segway and Segway Recalls
Segway Inc., is the company that sells a two-wheeled personal transporter that was invented by Dean Kamen and introduced to the public in 2003. The personal transporter is built to balance arider on two wheels, whether it is moving or standing still, through a control system, sensors and propulsion mechanisms. The system and stabilization technology enables the Segway to balance a human and control the movement with shifting weight. The accelerometers are designed to distinguish changes in the terrain and the position of the body.
There were approximately 6,000 Segways recalled soon after their release to the public in 2003. The recall was due to a defect that caused the sudden stopping of the transporter when the batteries were discharged.
There was a second recall in 2006 of approximately 23,500 transporters for a defect that caused them to run in reverse at high speeds suddenly.
Segway has other safety issues that have not resulted in recalls, like software glitches that have been reported, manufacturing defects and product failures have all been reported. There have been reports of Segway accidents by users when the transporter did not act in response to controls. They have also been reported to cause users to be thrown from the unit when it stopped suddenly or jerked unexpectedly.
Injuries can be severe due to the high speeds the transporter can travel at, when there is a manufacturers defect. The injuries can include concussions, brain trauma, neck and back injuries or fractured arms or legs. If you were injured on a Segway, contact an experienced California Segway accident lawyer now at: 213-596-9642. Ehline Law Firm PC. A injury Lawyer at 633 W 5th St #2890, Los Angeles, CA 90071.