CPSC Issues Letter on Safety Standards to Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, and Retailers of Micromobility Devices

On December 20, 2022, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, and Retailers of Micromobility Devices for Consumer Use” on the need to ensure the devices are tested to certain safety standards. The letter was signed by Robert Kaye, Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations, and included the following statement: 

I am writing to urge you to ensure that the micromobility devices for consumer use that you manufacture, import, distribute, or sell in the United States have been designed, manufactured, and certified for compliance with the applicable consensus safety standards. These safety standards include ANSI/CAN/UL 2272 – Standard for Electrical Systems for Personal E-Mobility Devices dated February 26, 2019, and ANSI/CAN/UL 2849 – Standard for Safety for Electrical Systems for eBikes dated June 17, 2022, and standards they incorporate by reference.

Mr. Kaye also emphasized that “…products that do not meet these standards could present a substantial product hazard under Section 15(a) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(a); and, should CPSC’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations encounter such products, we will seek corrective action as appropriate.”

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