Electric bike burns in eastern China, leaving biker and daughter in critical condition
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An e-bike spontaneously burned down on the road in an eastern Chinese city on Sunday, leaving the rider and his daughter in critical condition, sparking an urgent investigation into more than 2,000 e-bike stores in the region. city.
A video clip shows that the electric bicycle suddenly spontaneously burned itself and set the cyclist, named Wei Shunli and his 7-year-old daughter, Wei Jiaqi, on fire on Sunday in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. ).
According to media reports, the father and daughter were still in critical condition on Monday. The father had 90 percent of his skin burned and his daughter 95 percent.
According to Zhai Xiaojuan, Wei’s wife, who was riding another electric bicycle behind Wei, the bicycle suddenly exploded without hitting anything. The bike was bought from a brand name store about two or three years ago. Her husband spent around 500 yuan ($ 77.18) and only changed the bike’s battery (using the same brand) last year.
Since it is difficult to estimate the cost of treating the two family members, the family launched a crowdfunding campaign. At 10 a.m. on Monday, the campaign had collected 2 million yuan, the estimated cost of the treatment.
Hangzhou residents spontaneously relayed the message to others to join the crowdfunding efforts.
According to the Xihu branch market watchdog in Hangzhou, authorities will investigate the incident and find out whether the bike was a 3C (China Compulsory Certification) certified product. Authorities will conduct a full inspection of e-bike sales and maintenance businesses under their jurisdiction.
According to Lin Ping, director of the Hangzhou Electric Bicycle Industry Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce issued an urgent notice on Sunday, ordering more than 2,000 stores in the city to check itself immediately.
Self-examination requires the store to sell products that meet 3C standards; It is strictly forbidden to reassemble electric bikes, and all lithium batteries must be stored separately.
Public concerns about the quality and safety of e-bikes have increased in recent years, with spontaneous burns of e-bikes occurring from time to time across the country.
On April 15, China began implementing new national standards for electric bicycles, with market regulators nationwide urged to strengthen the management of mandatory certification of electric bicycles, according to a document jointly released by the State Administration for Market Regulation, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Public Security.
Meanwhile, communities across China tightened local bans on electric bicycles in elevators and apartment buildings after a bicycle battery exploded inside an elevator in Chengdu, China. Sichuan Province (southwest China) on May 10, which injured five people, leaving a 7-month-old female infant with permanent disabilities.
Cities like Beijing and Shanghai have even used smart devices to ban e-bikes from elevators and apartment buildings.