City officials remind New Yorkers of new lithium-ion battery and e-bike safety standards

FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh says that this year, lithium-ion batteries have caused 170 fires.

Mary-Lyn Buckley and Adolfo Carrion

Sep 8, 2023, 9:50 PM

Updated 225 days ago

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City officials drove home the point today that on Sept. 16, all e-bike sales or rentals are required to be certified by an accredited testing lab to follow safety standards.  
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh says that this year to date, lithium-ion batteries have caused 170 fires, injured 96 New Yorkers and killed 14 residents.  
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“I’m working with our partners at the Consumer and Worker Protection… we have been conducting outreach to all e-bike shops and e-bike repair shops to inform them of best practices with these devices,” said Kavanagh.


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