Another factor we took into account is the authenticity of the product. We want to remain culturally relevant, whether it is using a keyed-ignition for the design or a push-button starter, a manual or automatic stick shift. Whatever a child witnesses in their everyday life with Mom and Dad, or other adults on TV, we wanted it to reflect in our products — the look and the feel! Who wouldn’t want the authentic chrome-look of wheels on a Ford F-150 truck?
After comparing a half dozen of these motorized ride-on toys, we discovered they are VERY similar, the main differences being the style (truck, car, tractor, etc). For example, I have complaints about the quality of this Fisher Price Jeep, but in fact it's higher quality than some of the other units we compared (even more expensive ones). So a lot of these comments apply equally to all Fisher Price motorized toys (and even some other brands as well):
No need to worry if your young driver pushes their new car to the limit as the Power Wheels Dune Racer offers a sturdy steel frame that will support a weight of 130 pounds. The pair of metal sidebars provide stable hand support, while it is smooth rounded edges to protect from cuts and scratches as your child navigates your garden, sidewalk or driveway’s bumps, ruts and even garden hoses.
This is another excellent set of power wheels from Fisher-Price. Working doors, spacious storage in the rear, 2 speeds – topping out at 5 mph, 12-volt battery life, and the option of restricting the speed to 2.5 mph, all advance for a really cool jeep. And if the shrieks of joy are not loud enough to hear, there is also a microphone, and it also plays a range of tunes over its radio, perfect for a youngster who loves to sing.
The unrivalled cool factor to this Fisher Price buggy will be the deciding one when your toddler shows it off to their friends. It has a darker, striking look that has a bad boy feel to it, but it still has all of the great functions that other models come with. There is a speed lock for high-speed use (so that your child can’t travel faster than your preferred speed) that will keep them safe if they are beginners.
As a fast as it looks, it can only go forward at 2.5 miles per hour and 5.0 miles per hour and it can go in reverse at 2.5 miles per hour. Which is fast enough for most young kids. It has a simple and easy to operate reverse push button. There are real side mirrors on the vehicle which give it even more realistic looking along with a spacious load bed, of course by kids expectations of spacious.
Step2 ride-ons, plastic wagons, push buggies and cars are a must-have for outdoor fun. Our wagon and ride on toys have storage compartments for drinks, toys and parents' keys. Kids will be comfortable and secure in their riding toys as they cruise around the park or neighborhood. Little ones will have a blast steering their toy car or imagining they're on a ship as parents pull the wagon. Whether you need a canopy wagon to take to the beach or a motorcycle for kids, Step2 has an option that fits your toddlers needs.
Let your parents or other know you are coming by using the real horn. The three speeds are changeable by using the remote as well. The spring suspension system allows for a smooth ride even when the car is controlled by the parent via remote control. Parents can control the direction and speed for the car. An added safety feature is the automatic breaks which kick in when the child removes their foot from the accelerator pedal.
Safety –the tires on these kids ride-on toys might not be pumped up to 2 bars with air, but you can teach your tot how to feel the tires for hardness (acting this out is a great start for later life skills), check the headlights and tail lights to see that they aren’t broken, and things like this. If the car has space for two you can also teach them that driving more carefully when you have a passenger is a good idea, and encourage your kids to pay more attention to how their passenger is reacting to their driving.
Fun, fast and a great way to instil not only independence but confidence into your 8 year or older kids, the Razor Dune Buggy is safe, lightweight and comfortable to operate with hand brake, hand controlled acceleration and variable thumb trigger throttle. Great suspension and pneumatic tires give you a smooth comfortable ride. The ultimate electric ATV for your older child and certainly one of the best Power Wheels products on the market.
One of the items on our list has some serious power that we only recommend for older kids, and this is the Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike, which can travel up to 65 miles per hour. This motocross bike is definitely best for teenagers, those who have some balance and need for speed. The dual suspension is a nice comfort aspect to this product because it will get the motocross bike much more comfortable to ride on rougher ground. Tools are included for you to work on this electric motorcycle with your tot to assemble everything correctly.
The third recall in 2000 involved the Harley-Davidson motor cycle ride-ons, In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price is recalling about 218,000 battery-powered Power Wheels Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-ons for repair. The foot pedals, which activate the ride-ons, can stick in the "on" position. Children can be injured when the motorcycle ride-ons fail to stop and strike other objects. The recalled Power Wheels Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-ons have model numbers 74290, 74293 (with a red body) and 74298 (with a black body). A "Power Wheels by Fisher-Price" logo is located on the left side of the seat on the product, and the model number is located on a label in the battery compartment. Only model numbers 74290, 74293 and 74298 are being recalled. These vehicles are intended for children 3 and older, and the vehicles' speed is 2.5 or 5 mph. Toy, mass merchandise and discount stores, and Harley-Davidson dealerships sold the motorcycle ride-ons nationwide from September 1999 through August 2000 for about $190 for the red vehicle and $700 for the black vehicle.
* SHIPPING ... Comes in HUGE heavy box. The box was undamaged, but the left motor broke off in transit, and cracked the frame. I decided to repair it myself instead of waiting for replacement parts (or trying to cram it back in the box), & noticed a design flaw - the rear electric motors (rear wheel drive, each wheel has its own motor) are not attached well at all, I believe there's a good chance they will eventually break off. My suggestion, while assembling it, drill a few extra screws into the frame for extra support.