CPSC, Target Announce Recall of Electric Scooters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2004
Release # 04-207
Firm's Hotline: (800) 440-0680
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

CPSC, Target Announce Recall of Electric Scooters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Leoch Electric Scooters (also known as "Red Dragon" and "E-Scooter")

Units: 74,811

Manufacturer: Leoch E-Vehicle Ltd.

Importer: Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: Improper wiring can cause a short circuit, posing a fire hazard in the scooter. In addition, inadequate insulation may expose electrical wiring, which poses a shock hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received two reports of the scooters catching fire. There have been 13 reports of scooters starting and/or moving on their own. One person reported receiving scratches as a result. There have also been five reports of property damage, including two reports of the scooters causing house fires.

Description: The recall involves Leoch-brand scooters that were also sold under the names "E-Scooter" and "Red Dragon." The scooters have a seat, two wheels and footrests on each side. A sticker on the left footrest reads, "E-Scooter." On the right footrest is a sticker with a horse-head image. A serial number is printed underneath the left footrest. The affected scooter's model number is DK24250-3.

Sold at: Target stores nationwide from February 2003 through June 2004 for about $200.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the scooters immediately and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Target toll-free at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.target.com
Picture of Recalled Scooter