The Gurugram-based electric scooter maker Okinawa Autotech has issued a recall of 3,215 units of its EV scooter model – the Praise Pro – following the recent terrible events of its EV two-wheelers catching fire. The EV manufacturer is the first in the country to issue a voluntary recall, stating that the recall is being carried out to assess and correct any faults with the batteries.
“The batteries will be checked for loose connectors or any damage and fixed free of charge at any of the Okinawa approved dealerships across India,” Okinawa said in an official statement about the recall. “The electric 2W producer is working closely with dealer partners to guarantee that the repair experience is positive,” “The electric 2W producer is working closely with dealer partners to guarantee that the repair experience is as convenient as possible for its clients,” Okinawa continued, “for which vehicle owners will be contacted individually.”
According to media sources, this program is part of the company’s thorough power pack health check-up camps, and the recall was undertaken in light of recent incidents of fires involving the company’s electric two-wheelers. “This voluntary effort comes in the aftermath of the recent heat incident and is consistent with the company’s long-standing commitment to customer safety,” Okinawa added.
Okinawa EVs Fire Event
A car parked in the showroom of Okinawa Autotech in Tamil Nadu burned down the entire dealership in the recent instance of an Okinawa electric two-wheeler blowing up in flames. There were no casualties reported at the fire scene, and the fire was put out with the help of the community.
An Okinawa electric scooter caught fire in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, earlier this month on March 26, 2022, and regrettably, a dad and his 13-year-old daughter died in the tragedy. According to police sources, the fire was caused by a short circuit and the user’s recklessness while charging the vehicle.
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Okinawa Statement On Incident
“Our heartfelt sympathies to the family,” Okinawa said in a statement about the incident. It is an obvious case of short circuit owing to neglect in charging the vehicle, according to trustworthy sources, the media, and local authorities. We’ll wait for the results of the full investigation.” “Our customers’ safety is highly important to us, and we adhere to the rules,” the business continued.
“As a responsible brand, we have been coming forward and taking a lot of initiatives to create awareness and educate our customers on the proper usage of electric 2-wheelers and about the possible hazards that they could experience in case of any negligence in taking proper care of the vehicle’s battery,” the Gurugram-based EV maker said at the time.
Government Take On EVs Catching Fire
There have been six EV fires in various parts of the country since the beginning of the summer this year. Following a number of continuous cases of electric scooters catching fire, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has requested an investigation into recent incidents of EVs catching fire.
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