It’s apparently what everyone wants for Christmas, except the doctors and nurses at your local A&E.
With nearly every shop or petrol station now trying to flog aluminium micro scooters, quality standards were bound to suffer as prices are succesively undercut from the well built orginals. Production has been so intense in the far east, that some bicycle manufacturers have even had their production hit as bike welders are headhunted by the scooter manufacturers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are overseeing the voluntary recall of 97,500 scooters distributed by Kent International and the splendidly named Kash ‘n’ Gold LTD. after the handlebars of several detatched while riding.
We don’t have any information about which – if any – brands these models correspond to in the British market but if you’re buying a scooter check that the handlebars can’t pull out easily if the clamp is slightly loose, and avoid any with a plastic T-Bar junction in the centre of the bars.
So far emergency rooms in the ‘States have treated over 30,000 scooter related injuries, and safety sources over here are expecting similar problems particularly after Christmas when all the gift scooters hit the streets.
So if you’re planning your White christmas to mean a snowy one rather than a freshly bandaged one, buy a decent quality scoot and get some padding and a helmet on whoever uses it.