Those Power Wheels cars that kids can drive are really fun, but occasionally, they can be dangerous. Fisher Price is currently voluntarily recalling the Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper due to faulty parts. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been reports of the camper still driving after the foot pedal is released. So far, there have been no injuries, but that is a really big safety risk for parents to take. Naturally, if your kid has one of these, they should stop riding on it immediately while you determine if it is indeed apart of the recall.
For those who may be confused, the Power Wheels camper in question is hot pink with blue accents. It also has the Barbie logo on the back. The foot pedal in question is gray. And they have a play kitchen, fold out grill and fake campfire. You will need to check yours for the model number, which can be found on a label under the hood. As of right now, Fisher Price is recalling the campers with the model number: FRC29.
Also important to know, the Power Wheels in question were sold at Walmart. According to the CPSC, they were sold in store nationwide and online between July 2018 and January 2019. And there were approximately 44,000 of them sold seemingly nationwide. There was no mention of sales in Canada. Additionally, they retail around $400.
If you have one of the affected vehicles, you can contact Fisher Price for a free repair. There are licensed Power Wheels service centers all around the U.S. and Canada. You can check here to see if there's one near you. And if not, you there are third party repair centers, and you can fill out this form for that service.
Thankfully, the CPSC reports that there were only 17 instances of the faulty pedal so far. Hopefully this recall stops any additional incidents. If you own the Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper, please make sure you check for that model number. And if it matches the affected number, make sure you get it repaired ASAP. Safety is the most important thing here.