The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Segway LLC, based in Manchester, N.H., announced a recall of all 6,000 Segways, a New York Times article recently reported. It seems that the high-tech scooter with computerized gyroscopes to keep it from falling over can, in fact, fall over when the battery runs low, or, as President Bush found out, isn't turned on.
The Segway debuted last November and was touted by the makers and the press as a way to ease urban traffic and conserve energy. However, as Rod Kurtz pointed out in a recent Inc. article, Main Street users aren't buying yet, especially at $5,000 a pop. But some businesses have, like an ambulance company in Louisiana, whose medics use Segways to navigate traffic, and retailers using them for promotional purposes.