The Tesla Cyberquad is for kids ages 8 to 12. But do adults ever listen?
The Tesla Cyberquad made a huge splash when it was first introduced for $1,900 (about 1.56 lakh) in the US last year. But while Tesla did sell some ATV or Off-Road Vehicle units, it was advertised as just for kids or young adults. And now, the company is forced to recall Cyberquad units after an adult was injured while driving it with an 8-year-old.
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It is known that the aforementioned Cyberquad unit has tipped off adults and children and the adult even injured her shoulder in the incident. The country’s safety authorities have emphasized that Cyberquad does not have mandatory safety standards when it comes to mechanical suspension and maximum tire pressure.
ATVs in the US need to pass a number of tests and safety standards, especially since they are primarily intended for off-airway driving. The Cyberquad itself is manufactured by China’s Feishen Vehicle Industry Co, imported by Radio Flyer, an American toy company, and sold on Tesla’s website. However, at the time of submission of this report, the product was removed from the site.
Now, the country’s Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking owners to stop driving these ATVs and, in fact, send them back to Radio Flyer for a full refund. With a lithium-ion battery core, the Cyberquad has a range of about 15 miles or 24 km/h. It has been advertised as a product for children aged 8 to 12 years and weighs no more than 68 kg. The ATV can be powered by a 120 or 240 volt charging system while having a top speed of around 16 kmph.
Cyberquad is part of a partnership between Radio Flyer and Tesla, and has been available for purchase from December 1 of last year onwards. Its steel frame, pneumatic rubber tires and rear suspension were particularly striking at the time.
First published date: October 28, 2022, 09:57 AM IST