Uber and Lyft E-bike Wheel Lock Accidents, Lyft Recall

Last Updated April 27, 2022

Break Failures Causing Bike Accidents

Lyft is recalling thousands of e-bikes in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City. Lyft is the owner of a bikeshare operator and the battery assisted bikes are suffering from excessive braking and locking front wheels. Multiple instances of passengers falling off the bike, or flipping over the handlebars and getting injured have occurred.  There are also reports of Uber bikes using the same system suffering locked wheels and biking accidents.

Lyft Recall

The Lyft recall affects Motivate e-bikes by Citi Bike (NYC), Ford GoBike (SF, CA) and Capital Bikeshare (D.C.). According to Lyft owned Motivate the recall was out of an “abundence of caution” after mounting injuries from e-bike front wheels locking up. One victim said the bike accident resulted in a broken hip.

From the statement by Citi Bike:

“We recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being. We know this is disappointing to the many people who love the current experience — but reliability and safety come first.”

Uber Biking Accidents

Uber owns Jump, an e-bike sharing company running bike share programs in cities in Europe and the U.S. including San Francisco, CA. Their red bicycles have both batteries and motors as well as a signature front basket.  Both Jump bicycles and the Lyft bicycles recalled use the same Shimano brand brakes.

Uber riders have gone online to complain of similar break failures. Riders have complained of hearing noises prior to front wheels locking, and excessive break pressure regardless of how hard they applied the break. Multiple users claimed they fell or flipped over due to a locking front wheel.

Uber now claims all older model bikes with Shimano breaks will be replaced within months. They have not instituted a recall nor sent a warning to users.

Uber and Lyft Lawyer

Levin Simes Abrams represents those injured in Uber and Lyft assault cases, Uber and Lyft accidents, and can represent you if you were injured riding a Jump bicycle or Lyft bike share e-bike.  Call us today at 415-426-3000, email us at [email protected], or reach out to us through this site.  We wish you a full recovery and look forward to offering a free case evaluation.

Uber and Lyft Lawsuits

Uber and Lyft are facing lawsuits in multiple areas, as Uber prepares to IPO and Lyft prepares their first quarterly reports after IPO.  Uber and Lyft both face lawsuits from sexual assault victims, and those injured in car accidents after rideshare drivers got into accidents, and lawsuits regarding hiring of felons and even convicted murderers due to incomplete background checks. There is evidence ride share companies have increased accident rates in cities where they are popular. To read more see these links:


Levin Simes Abrams