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Uber, Lyft Admit Bikes Had Brake Troubles

Uber’s bike rental division, Jump, recently had to fix brake problems it found in one of its bike models, the company told The Washington Post on Tuesday. The acknowledgment follows Lyft pulling thousands of electric bikes from its systems in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. because of similar issues. Riders had reported injuries from the the braking problems.

Both companies purchase braking systems from manufacturer Shimano, which told the Post the issues likely came up during Uber and Lyft’s assembly processes. The problems underline the new hardware risks these companies face trying to build up bike and scooter businesses. Uber is in the process of upgrading its entire Jump fleet, the company said. 

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