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PHOTO CAPTION: Pedego co-founder Don DiConstanza with early models of electric bikes, some equipped with Chinese-manufactured battery.

Pedego Recalls 5,000 E-Bikes Batteries

Batteries manufactured in China between 2010 and 2013 may short out while being charged.

Published: 12-Feb-2015

One overheated battery might be an anomaly. A second melted battery is reason for concern. So, one of America's top electric-assist bicycle sellers decided to make sure there wasn't a third.

This week Pedego Electric Bicycles of Irvine, California has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a voluntary recall affecting some 5,000 batteries manufactured by a supplier in China between January 2010 and September 2013. While the manufacturer has been identified, the problem appears to stem from the film material that separates the anode from the cathode. The plastic-like film may corrode allowing the battery to short out, causing it to overheat and melt.

According to Pedego co-founder Terry Sherry, the manufacturer is covering some of the cost of the recall, but the company expects to suffer a significant financial loss on the recall, not just on replacing the batteries, but especially on the shipping costs, which because they are considered a hazardous material have a $34-40 surcharge slapped on them, as well as requiring special packaging and handling.

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