2017 has been a great year for bike rental startups as they get more money and expand both domestically and internationally. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is rosy. On March 26, a boy under 12 years old was hit by a bus and died while riding an ofo bike. His parents are now suing the company for RMB 8.78 million ($1.3 million) in a wrongful death claim (in Chinese), claiming that company’s combination locks were in-part responsible for the death of their son.

This is not the only case of a tragic death for a minor while riding an ofo bike: On June 18, a 12-year-old boy lost control on an ofo bike and died after cracking the code on the manual lock.

When ofo first invaded China’s streets with its yellow bikes, the company exclusively used manual locks. However, these locks have come with a whole host of problems—not only can users choose to never lock them again, they are also easy to break (in Chinese). At the TechCrunch Beijing event last year, the company even said they had no plans to move away from manual locks.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com

John Artman

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...