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Tesla kids’ ATV recalled for violating safety standards




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The Tesla Cyberquads for Kids, manufactured by Radio Flyer, has been recalled because it does not meet federal safety standards. Owners are offered a full refund after deactivating the electric off-road vehicle.

Designed as a toy, Radio Flyer said the Cyberquad for Kids was designed for riders aged eight and up. It was modeled after a four-wheeled off-road vehicle that Tesla showed off in November 2019 at the Cybertruck reveal event. The “toy” version, which cost $1,900, sold out quickly when it went on sale in December 2021. The toy was designed to go as fast as 10 miles per hour.

Although manufactured by Radio Flyer, which has an exclusive license for Tesla-themed ride-on toys, the Cyberquad for Kids was only available through Tesla’s website. About 5,000 of them were sold.

The problem, according to CPSC and Radio Flyer, is that Cyberquad meets the legal definition of a “youth ATV.” This means that it is necessary to meet certain safety standards, such as mechanical suspension and maximum tire pressure. Additionally, companies that sell ATVs are required to provide safety training and information.

The Radio Flyer version does not meet these requirements, according to the CPSC and Radio Flyer. “These ATV safety standards are in place to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, preventing serious injury or death,” the CPSC said in its announcement.

Tesla, which does not usually respond to questions from the media, did not respond to request for comment Saturday morning.

“We take child safety very seriously,” Radio Flyer said on its website. “Radio Flyer worked closely with CPSC to issue the voluntary recall of the Cyberquad for Kids,”

Owners are urged to remove the ATV’s motor controller – the computer that controls power from the batteries going to the electric motor – and send it to Radio Flyer, who permanently deactivate the product. Owners will then receive a full refund of the $1,900 purchase price of the ATV.

The rest of the Cyberquad for Kids can then be disposed of in accordance with local laws. Radio Flyer will provide an additional refund of up to $50 to cover disposal costs. If owners wish, they can keep the product deactivated.

The Radio Flyer website offers an online form for owners to complete to request a return envelope for the motor controller.

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