Electric cars are great examples of ride-on toys that are otherwise similar with pedal-powered vehicles, except for the fact that these run on battery power. Nevertheless, these playthings are excellent for helping kids develop their psychomotor skills particularly in terms of their visual motor coordination, balance, and proprioception. Flicking on switches also help enhance dexterity and master their control of fine motor movements.
In 1998, Fisher-Price undertook a monumental recall of up to 10 million Power Wheels 12 volt and Super 6 volt vehicles manufactured since 1986. The recall and repair program was conducted to replace battery fuses and strengthen battery connectors in order to prevent the units from overheating. The main difference of a post recall Power Wheel is that the original "H" (or on very early Power Wheels, "S") connectors are removed and replaced with the larger, black "A" connectors. If a Power Wheels ride-on was built in or before 1998 and has the Black "A" connectors, then the recall work has probably been performed.
Respect – you wouldn’t think that this is a huge issue with a toy, but you will find that you can teach your young one how to respect their own property and the property of others. What you will want to do is to teach them how to maintain and clean their car after they’ve gone for a trip. Imagine that they’ve driven right through a muddy puddle, and they expect you to hose down the tires and wipe off the flanks of the car for your kids– stop right there. Here is where you get the cleaning materials ready and show them how to treat their toy with respect, to clean it right after they’ve had their playtime. You can give them a cloth and a miniature bucket of water, and get them to wipe off all of the dirty edges. This might even mold them better drivers. Because they will want to avoid driving in messy puddles (unlikely, but you never know).
Power Wheels - the only way to ride. Is your wanna-be driver looking to gain some behind-the-wheel confidence? We’ve got just the right Power Wheels vehicles—and so many new ways to ride—to empower them to hit the road! Kids at our Fisher-Price Play Lab put these vehicles to the test, so you can feel good giving your kid the thrill of independence as they drive off in in their very own ride-on car, truck or ATV. These battery-powered riding toys are built for hours of fun and endless backyard adventures for toddlers to more experienced drivers!