Have Onewheel Skateboards Been Recalled?
Yes. After repeated warnings from consumers and safety agencies, and years of denial of safety issues from the company, Future Motion has ultimately issued a recall for all models of their Onewheel electric skateboards. The Onewheel recall totals around 300,000 units.
Prior to the 2023 recall, Future Motion denied that their products were dangerous and presented numerous safety hazards. The company has released statements that said their e-skateboards were safe when riders follow “common-sense safe riding practices that are common to any board sport.”
Are Onewheel Skateboards Unsafe?
Onewheels have a single wheel in the center of the skateboard, as the name suggests. Riders are meant to balance on the board, increasing the speed by leaning forward. Onewheel devices use gyroscopes and accelerometers to help riders balance and steer using their weight and positioning on the board.
But some users have reported abnormalities in the way the device functions. Users say that the skateboard may stop and crash downward at top speeds, propelling riders forward onto the ground.
The recent recall, and most serious safety concerns, stem from rider reports that the Onewheel can abruptly power down when its speed limit is reached. This often results in riders being thrown from the board at high speeds. The maximum speed of the top-end models run up to 19-mph, certainly fast enough to cause severe injuries to consumers. Even a nosedive from a traditional skateboard can lead to serious injury, but when you consider the speed is at least doubled, the potential for catastrophic injury rises dramatically.
The CPSC claims in their recall announcement that there have been four deaths of riders since 2019. The deaths were attributed to head trauma from accidents. The CPSC explains, “The skateboards can stop balancing the rider if the boards’ limits are exceeded, posing a crash hazard that can result in serious injury or death.”
The company recommends wearing a helmet, though there is no guarantee a helmet will prevent serious injury if the machine does not function as intended. In addition to other malfunction reports, Future Motion has received over 800 reports of their skateboards continuing to operate after the rider has dismounted.
Reported injuries from Onewheel skateboard accidents include:
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured due to a Onewheel accident, you may consider filing a product liability lawsuit. You can reach out to a consumer safety attorney to assist you in building the strongest case possible.
To help us streamline your case, save any evidence you may have of a product defect, including the device as well as any related photographs or videos. Compile your medical records after any injury that required medical attention, and save any correspondence you may have had with the company.
Safety engineers and product liability attorneys around the country have been investigating potentially unsafe designs of Onewheel products for years. The company maintains there are no technical issues with the skateboards. However, hundreds of contrary reports from users suggest there may be a safety design issue worth investigating.
If you file a personal injury claim against Future Motion, you will not be alone. Plaintiffs have alleged that the company has repeatedly downplayed the risks of their products and misled consumers into believing the Onewheel is easy to ride.
Some victims describe a dangerous nosedive effect in the complaints, with riders saying a nosedive accident can occur at high speeds when the skateboard experiences a “push-back glitch” in the very braking feature that is meant to safely slow speed.
Since the product was released in 2015, many injuries have led to lawsuits with plaintiffs claiming Onewheel skateboards can malfunction. In May 2020, the family of a Texas man who sustained fatal brain injuries in a 2019 nosedive accident filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Future Motion.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Lawyer
After a loved one is seriously injured or killed in an accident, sometimes the last thing the bereaved want to do is deal with the complexities of a lawsuit. But consumer safety litigation is one of the only ways to hold negligent companies accountable for the harm they have caused. A settlement can also help a family pay for medical bills and make up for the loss of future earnings. Compensation and justice following an accident can help families move forward.
Why Should You Hire The Lyon Firm?
Our legal team has two decades of experience, and we represent injured plaintiffs in a variety of product liability litigation and class action lawsuits. We have filed consumer safety and personal injury lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs throughout the country and worked to reach settlements with some of the nation’s largest corporations. It costs you nothing to learn more about your legal options and to determine if you have a viable claim.
Our lawyers hold negligent manufacturers accountable for producing, marketing and releasing unsafe products to the American public. Feel free to contact us at (513) 381-2333 for personalized, customized legal services for your case.
FAQs: Onewheel Electric Skateboard Recall Lawsuits
The Onewheel recall involves all models of Future Motion Onewheel “self-balancing” skateboards. This includes:
- Onewheel (Original)
- Onewheel+ XR
- Onewheel Pint
- Onewheel Pint X
- Onewheel GT
The model name for the products can be found on the side of the skateboard, and the Onewheel logo can be found printed on the rail of the board. If you have any questions about whether your self-balancing electric skateboard is affected by the recall, contact a lawyer who can determine your eligibility for legal remedies.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using any recalled Onewheel skateboards. They are also advised to download or update their Onewheel app to include the “Haptic Buzz” firmware on their board. Haptic Buzz provides an alert functionality (both tactile and audible warnings) to alert the rider when the limits of the board are being reached or when there is a low battery or error state.
Consumers are also instructed to visit the Onewheel website to see if they qualify for a prorated refund in the form of store credit after disposing of the product.
Note that such repairs or fixes are never permanent solutions and should be approached with caution. For instance, there is no guarantee that the Haptic Buzz alerts won’t fail themselves, and they might not necessarily prevent nosedive accidents from happening .
Also, refunds and store credits are usually not enough to fully reimburse the injured person for their losses. The ideal path is to pursue legal action in the form of a lawsuit for damages.
Defective product cases can involve some highly complex legal issues and concepts. A product liability lawyer can help you by:
- Reviewing the facts specific to your case
- Researching the laws that apply to your claim
- Gathering evidence, documents, and important items for trial
- Formulating a complete legal strategy and trial presentation
- Negotiating for the full compensation amount allowed under the law
These services require a lawyer who has extensive experience handling defective product issues like those involved in the Onewheel recall. Without an attorney representing you, it will be difficult to complete all of these tasks on your own, especially if you are still injured and recovering.
At the Lyon Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis – we only collect a fee if we win the case for you, and you won’t need to pay any fees upfront.
By employing a contingency fee basis, we demonstrate that we have the resources to litigate your case without needing money right away or upfront. If you want to understand your legal rights and options, contact us now at (513) 381-2333 to discuss your Onewheel case and how to get started.