Segways to be recalled- glitches with software

All Segway electric scooters sold since the product began shipping in 2002 are being recalled because the devices can unexpectedly cause riders to fall.

About 23,500 Segway electric scooters sold to consumers and commercial customers were being recalled for a software upgrade because of a risk the machine could unexpectedly apply reverse torque to the wheels, which could then knock the rider off the device.

The US Consumer Product and Safety Commission said Segway has received about six reports of scooters not operating properly and riders suffering head and wrist injuries.

The recall affects all Segway Personal Transporter i167, i170 and i180 (i Series) models, the p133, XT (cross-terrain transporter), GT (golf transporter) and i2 models, as well as all e167 (e Series) models.

Segway spokeswoman Carla Vallone said the company unveiled two new models, the i2 and x2, about four weeks ago. The i2, which has started shipping, was part of the recall, but the x2 models have not shipped and already have the upgraded software installed.
The CPSC said consumers should stop using the Segway scooters immediately and contact the company to receive a free software upgrade.

Source: Australian IT

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