Tesla Cyberquad for Kids recalled for breach of security
The Tesla Cyberquad for Kids is being recalled for a safety violation, and buyers of the $1,900 electric all-terrain vehicle — modeled after the Tesla Cybertruck design — can receive a full refund, the states Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. -United.
The Cyberquad for Kids was manufactured by Radio Flyer and sold exclusively online by Tesla. The link to the Cyberquad in Tesla’s online store is no longer active. Tesla, which has disbanded its press office, did not respond to an email request for comment.
“Radio Flyer received a report of an incident where the single-pilot Cyberquad flipped over while being driven by an eight-year-old child and a 36-year-old adult woman, resulting in a contusion of the left shoulder of the adult woman,” the CPSC said in the recall notice.
Radio Flyer stated in its recall notice that “Tesla has consulted with Radio Flyer regarding the general appearance of this product” and that “Tesla supports the Radio Flyer recall”.
The Chinese-made Cyberquad went on sale late last year and was aimed at children aged 8 to 12. The CPSC said approximately 5,000 Cyberquads have been sold and all buyers are eligible for a full refund once they permanently disable the vehicle by removing the motor controller, which must be returned to Radio Flyer.
Radio Flyer continues to sell an electric toy replica of the Tesla Model S on its website for $599.99.
But the Cyberquad is much more capable, and adults have been posting videos on social media about the ATV, of which Tesla plans to make a full-size adult version that can fit in the bed of the next Cybertruck pickup.
The Electrek website said in its February review of the Cyberquad for Kids: “This thing is theoretically designed for children, but don’t confuse it with a weak 12V Powerwheels ride-on toy. The Tesla Cyberquad for Kids, which was co -developed by Radio Flyer and Tesla, has real power.”
The ATV has a top speed of 10 mph and is rated to travel around 15 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, according to its technical specifications.
But the CPSC said the power came without the necessary security measures.
“The Cyberquad does not meet the requirements of the Federal Mandatory Safety Standard for Youth ATVs, including mechanical suspension and maximum tire pressure,” the CPSC said in the recall notice.
“Cyberquad does not have a CPSC-approved ATV Action Plan, which is required to manufacture, import, sell or distribute ATVs,” the agency said.
Radio Flyer acknowledged on its website that the Cyberquad is considered an ATV under federal law and that “the Cyberquad for Kids is not safe to use as a youth ATV”.
Radio Flyer is offering an extra $50 to consumers who discard the entire ATV in addition to returning the motor controller.
People who purchased the Cyberquad used will also be eligible for the recall.