Segway, the preferred method of transportations for dot-com billionaires and, um,
Steve Wozniak, may not as
as they thought. The company announced today it would be
recalling 23,000 units
from PT i167, i170, i180, p133, XT, GT, i2, and e167 models. Phew. That’s a lot of models.
Why the big recall? Well, as it turns out, the Segway may suddenly apply reverse torque to the wheels. Um, yeah. That
be kind of a problem. I’ve ridden a Segway exactly once (I didn’t fall off
like some people
) and while I wouldn’t call it a
experience, I could see how suddenly switching into reverse might cause a mild case of, um,
. Or, at the very least, personal injury.
On the upside, Segway owners are for the first time enjoying being called daredevils and thrill-seekers.