‘Zero tolerance’: In wake of deadly Chinatown fire, NYC launches crackdown on faulty e-bike batteries and those who carelessly store them


Mayor Eric Adams, Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, and Small Business Commissioner Kevin Kim announced on Wednesday afternoon a new effort to double down on lithium-ion e-bike battery inspections following the deadly Chinatown fire on Tuesday.

The trio stood outside the charred husk of 80 Madison St., with a pile of scorched e-bikes on one side and batteries bathed in barrels on the other. Adams pulled a battery from the wreckage which killed four and seriously injured two others as Commissioner Kavanagh pointed upward to the broken windows above.