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‘Unexploded bombs’: call for action after 11 deaths in UK due to e-bike fires

leven people were killed in fires caused by e-bikes in the UK last year as ministers face calls for urgent action over the sale of dangerous products.

E-bike fires can be particularly deadly because they can rapidly ignite in a fireball and are routinely left to charge overnight in hallways, blocking what may be the only exit. Campaigners compare the most dangerous products to “unexploded bombs”.

New figures produced by the Office for Product and Safety Standards (OPSS), drawn from data from UK fire and rescue services, reveal what is believed to be the highest number of deaths recorded from e-bike fires in the UK last year.

Yvonne Fovargue, a Labour MP and chair of the all party parliamentary group on online and home electrical safety, said: “These e-bikes can reach a phenomenally high temperature in seconds. They are so dangerous. It is almost like having an unexploded bomb in your house.”

MPs and safety groups are calling for third party certification to ensure e-bikes, e-scooters and their batteries are approved by an independent body before being available for sale. This is already the case for other high risk products such as fireworks.

Fire safety officers say consumers should buy from a reputable retailer and warn e-bikes fitted with conversion kits or fitted with batteries bought online may pose a greater risk.

An inquest heard last month how Sofia Duarte, 21, died on New Year’s Day 2023 after a fire broke out in the hallway of a property she was staying in at Bermondsey, south east London. The fire is believed to have been caused by an unbranded battery pack fitted to a converted bike.

Other residents in the property escaped by jumping out of windows, but Duarte tried to leave by the staircase unaware of the ferocity of the fire. She died of burns and smoke inhalation.

Alda Simoes, 46, from east London, a family friend, said: “Sofia’s death was preventable. There were warnings from the fire services and people in parliament.” Simoes has launched a petition to implement stricter regulations to ban the sale of dangerous batteries and ensure safety standards are more robustly enforced.

London Fire Brigade warns e-bikes and e-scooters are now the fastest growing fire risk in the capital. The service recorded 149 e-bike fires in 2023, and three deaths, and 87 e-bike fires in 2022, with no deaths recorded. An analysis by the service of 73 e-bike fires in the capital in the first six months of last year found at least 40% were believed to involve a converted e-bike.

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