Indian electric scooter firm Okinawa Autotech Pvt. Ltd. has reportedly said that it is recalling 3,215 units of its Praise Pro scooters, effective immediately, for checking and fixing any battery-related issues.
In a statement, the EV maker said that the measure is part of its comprehensive power pack health check-up camps. The company began the recall after various instances of fire were reported in its electric scooters around the country last weekend, as one of its dealerships in Tamil Nadu burned down due to one of its e-scooter catching fire.
The firm stated it will be checking the batteries for loose connectors as well as for any damage and will be repaired for free at any of its authorized dealerships across India.
Okinawa Autotech also noted that it is working closely with its dealer partners to make sure that the repair experience is as per their customers’ convenience and that the vehicle owners will be contacted individually.
It also stated that the voluntary campaign follows the recent fire incident and is in line with the firm’s long-standing commitment to customer safety.
This is the sixth such incident reported in the country following the onset of summer.
Last month, the government had ordered an inquiry after an e-scooter by Ola Electric Mobility, under the ride-sharing company Ola, caught fire in the city of Pune, Maharashtra.
As per the road transport ministry, the Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) has been asked to investigate the circumstances that caused the incident and to also suggest remedial measures to prevent such incidents from taking place again.
Electric scooters by another EV manufacturer, Jitendra New EV Tech also caught fire. The incident took place while the electric scooters were transported in a container truck. The company is investigating the cause of this accident.
With the number of electric two-wheelers catching fire in India increasing, Amitabh Kant, the CEO of public policy think tank NITI Aayog, asked EV OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) last week to voluntarily call back the units involved in such incidents.
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