Lime recalls some scooters due to fears they're breaking apart

E-scooter rental company Lime has been forced to recall one model of its scooters worldwide after concerns they could be breaking apart.

The scooters, made by the brand Okai, have been suddenly pulled off the streets after it was revealed the model occasionally breaks apart "when subjected to repeated abuse".

Stuff reports a spokesperson for Lime refused to say whether the affected scooters were being used in the two New Zealand cities where they are available, Auckland and Christchurch.

"We are actively looking into reports that scooters manufactured by Okai may break and are working cooperatively with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to get to the bottom of this," the spokesperson told Stuff.

"Safety is Lime's highest priority and as a precaution we are immediately decommissioning all Okai scooters in the global fleet."

Lime scooters have caused safety concerns since they initially appeared in New Zealand, after dozens of ACC claims were made due to riders crashing.

In Auckland, 27 ACC claims were made over the first two weeks, and 11 in Christchurch.

Auckland Council ordered an urgent review into the safety of the scooters after Councillor Christine Fletcher was nearly hit by one while walking in the city.

The company advises users wear helmets and only ride if they have a drivers licence, but there is nothing to compel them to follow these rules and they often are not.