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Old 20 November 2016, 06:01 PM
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Flame Toys 'R' Us Pulls Tonka Truck After It Apparently Burst Into Flames

Toys "R" Us announced it will stop selling a Tonka truck Sunday, after a Washington family's Christmas gift for their grandson apparently caused their real pick-up truck to burst into flames.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...-burst-n686441
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Old 20 November 2016, 06:15 PM
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So much for this year's hot item.
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Old 20 November 2016, 09:20 PM
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Harden said Toys "R" Us apologized and gave him a refund.
So far so good; but shouldn't they also pay for the damage to his truck?

-- though maybe that payment would go to his insurance company, which depending on his coverage might pay Harden.
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Old 20 November 2016, 09:42 PM
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I would think if there was a product flaw that caused the fire, the manufacturer would be the ones who should pay for the damage, not the store.
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Old 21 November 2016, 02:02 AM
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Yea - Toys r Us has no way of foreseeing that this situation would happen since they wer t the trucks designer. They just sell the product. If any would bear responsibility it would be the manufacturer. TrU doesn't warranty the product and it's responsibility for its safety unless they sell it after being made aware of a recall and they defied it or something similar.
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Old 21 November 2016, 03:51 PM
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At first I thought this was a small truck that ran off flashlight batteries. I've now discovered it's a riding toy. It takes a battery similar to those in motorized wheelchairs.

It raises another question. How good is it to give children motorized riding toys instead of child-powered ones?
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Old 21 November 2016, 04:10 PM
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E. Q. and diddy, that does make sense.
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Old 21 November 2016, 04:18 PM
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It raises another question. How good is it to give children motorized riding toys instead of child-powered ones?
Instead of? Probably not good. But the two aren't mutually exclusive. Every kid that I know who has, and rides, a motorized riding toy also has, and rides, a bike or trike. If the parents are concerned about how much exercise the kid is getting, they could always make use of the motorized toy dependent on a certain amount of use of the bike/trike.
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Old 21 November 2016, 04:23 PM
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It raises another question. How good is it to give children motorized riding toys instead of child-powered ones?
Such toys have been available for decades. Given the limited top speed they have, they seem to be less inherently risky than tricycles: it's much harder for a kid to lose control on something with a top speed of about three miles per hour.
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Old 21 November 2016, 04:55 PM
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It raises another question. How good is it to give children motorized riding toys instead of child-powered ones?
Depends on the child. My coworker's son gets to spend time in a fun toy instead of his wheelchair.
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Old 21 November 2016, 07:06 PM
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In our neighbourhood the kids with the motorized cars and trucks drive them on the street. Not sure where else they can ride them of course, going up and down the driveway can't be much fun. But they can be a real nuisance and at least with the kids in my area they don't ride their 'cars' the way they ride their bikes. The bike riders stay on the side of the road, the 'car' drivers think they get to drive as if they're actually driving a car. We haven't had a kid hurt yet but we've had a few near misses.
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Old 21 November 2016, 07:08 PM
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I can't imagine letting a kid ride a motorized toy on the street, even if it was a quiet neighborhood street. I've seen kids on them at the end of cul-de-sacs occasionally.
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Old 21 November 2016, 07:12 PM
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Ours is a quiet street but it's not like there is no traffic. I guess though if parents are going to give kids toys like this they either have to be prepared to take them somewhere that is kid friendly to ride them (where though?) or let them ride them on the street hopefully with supervision, I don't think many kids are going to be happy driving up and down a driveway. At least not for very long.
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Also, once the battery runs out, it's just a big lump until it's dragged back home, put on the charger and ready to go again.
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Old 21 November 2016, 09:47 PM
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Such toys have been available for decades.
Pow-Pow-POWER WHEELS!

And I wouldn't be surprised if there were other brands before them.
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Old 22 November 2016, 03:33 AM
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Somehow I don't think they'll be making an ad with an elephant stepping on this model.
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Old 22 November 2016, 12:19 PM
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Ours is a quiet street but it's not like there is no traffic. I guess though if parents are going to give kids toys like this they either have to be prepared to take them somewhere that is kid friendly to ride them (where though?)
Some parks around here have wide, paved paths through them that might work.

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. . .or let them ride them on the street hopefully with supervision, I don't think many kids are going to be happy driving up and down a driveway. At least not for very long.
Maybe it's easier in rural neighborhoods, where some driveways are very long.
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