Simon Cowell breaks his back on electric bike

The longtime "American Idol" judge is recovering from surgery after he broke his back which has raised new questions about e-bike safety as sales soar amid the pandemic.
2:06 | 08/10/20

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Simon Cowell is recovering this morning from surgery, serious. He broke his back riding an electric bicycle raising new questions about e-bike safety. Gio Benitez has the latest. Reporter: This morning, "America's got talent" Simon Cowell was recovering from a terrible e-bike accident. Tweeting Sunday I have broken part of my back. A rep for the star telling ABC news the fall from his bike happened while he was testing a new electric bike in the courtyard of his home in malibu with his family. Cowell taken to the hospital and undergoing surgery for his injuries. A source tells "People" magazine that he had a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back known for his tough reviews of performers -- Shut up. Reporter: -- Sharing a glowing review for the previousals that helped him saying a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctor, some of the nicest people I have ever met. The accident renewing safety concerns as e-bike sales soar across the country. One shop says sales have increased nearly 300% year over year during the pandemic and experts believe the motorized vehicles are giving people some much needed fresh air as they stay away from public transit. Phoenix based electric e-bikes had to increase production after a massive unexpected spike in sales. Ever since covid hit we've seen a massic increase upwards of over 140% of growth in sales. Reporter: That means new first-time users. Riding an e-bike or scooter not the same as a regular bicycle. They often have more power than obviously a bike without a motor and so it is a different skill than just riding a bike. Reporter: And don't just jump on your new bike, make sure you are learning about its feature, read that manual and consider even going to an e-bike class at your local bike shop. Lots of bike shops around the country offer them. Read the instructions, folks. Thanks so much. Coming up next our "Play of

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