It’s hard to have a bad day when you’re a kid driving a Tesla Cyberquad, which looks like something the son of Batman would own. The only thing that could interrupt his amazing childhood is being told that he has to stop riding it due to a recall. But Santa will probably bring another $1,900 ATV.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that the Cyberquad doesn’t meet federal safety standards, particularly issues related to mechanical suspension, maximum tire pressure, and kids probably having too much fun in it.
In response, Radio Flyer (which built it) voluntarily issued a recall of the Cyberquad that Tesla displayed on its site. If you are one of the approximately 5,000 people who purchased the Cyberquad for Kids, you can get your full $1,900 refund by removing the motor controller and returning it to Radio Flyer.
Removing the engine controller permanently disables the vehicle. “Don’t do it, dad,” one can imagine a child pleading. “I will sign a waiver.”
In addition to offering it on its site, Tesla consulted on the ATV’s appearance, which is designed to resemble the standard adult Cyberquad (recently announced, but not yet released). The kid’s version has a top speed of 10 mph and is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a range of up to 15 miles, making it great for on the run.
There have been no reports of serious injuries, except for one incident where the single-passenger Cyberquad flipped over after an eight-year-old boy and a 36-year-old adult woman rode it together, injuring the woman’s shoulder. that she didn’t read the instructions.
What has been hurt the most are the hearts of 5,000 children. But maybe if one of them manages to make another motor controller for his deactivated Cyberquad, he’ll turn out to be the next Elon Musk.