Tesla’s Cyberquad for Kids EV, which was banned in the United States, is reportedly being introduced in the Chinese market by Tesla’s Chinese division.
The Cyberquad for Kids is being marketed as the “Cyberquad Toy Car” in China. The recreational EV is already available for purchase at a price of ¥11,990 or $1,670.
The Cyberquad for Kids is a battery-powered vehicle manufactured by Radio Flyer. It operates on a 36V lithium-ion battery and has a maximum speed of 10 MPH. It can travel in excess of 15 miles on a single charge.
The Cyberquad for Kids was originally sold exclusively on Tesla’s online shop for $1,900. Designed for children aged eight and above who weigh less than 150 pounds, the Cyberquad is based on Tesla’s Cybertruck. The Cybertruck is Tesla’s futuristic new vehicle that’s set to enter the market later this year.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled the Cyberquad for Kids just ten months after the vehicle’s US release. The recall was prompted by a variety of factors, including:
- the vehicle’s lack of mechanical suspension
- the vehicle’s failure to comply with federal standards for maximum tire pressure
- an incident in which an adult sustained a bruised shoulder after riding a Cyberquad
- the absence of an “ATV Action Plan,” which outlines safety measures
Industry watchers expressed surprise that the Cyberquad was allowed to enter the market in the first place without an approved safety plan. The CPSC explained to Teslarati that once they discovered the absence, they negotiated a corrective action with Tesla. The agency emphasized that the manufacturer must submit an approved safety plan before US sales or shipments can resume.
The CPSC requested US Cyberquad owners to return their vehicles for proper disposal. The agency gave owners up to $50 to cover the associated costs.
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