All Segways recalled: Big Bummer

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Ivan Seeking
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All Segways recalled: Big Bummer!!!

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Segway L.L.C. announced a recall yesterday of all 6,000 Segways, which, the announcement said, tend to tip forward when the batteries are low and the rider does something that requires a quick burst of power, like speeding up abruptly or trying to bump over an obstacle.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/27/national/27SEGW.html?ex=1065326400&en=570465582dc6c345&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE
 

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Ya, freaking bunch of sissies. Well, actually, as I understood, there have been 3 injuries out of the 6000 sold.

It has a problem with tipping with a low battery because it is stabilized by a gyro, which, is a powered device.

The battery gets low, the gyro loses its ability, and well, 2+2=you fall on the ground.

I mean, how many people get hurt on roller skates, or heck, just walking in general.

I know I've twisted my ankle twice this year, just walking. All the crazy stuff I do, and I get hurt walking.
 
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this is a real bummer for the proponents of the Segway, as the Segways now have a bad image -- the image of being recalled, and, even worse, as unsafe.

dean kamen must be pissed.
 

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