Barbie Dream Campers can become any child’s worst nightmare due to a defect that could potentially cause the kiddie car to drive out of control. The defect has sparked a recall of the affected vehicles.
While consumers likely associate sudden unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles, it turns out that toy manufacturer Fisher-Price is now grappling with a similar issue, though on a much smaller scale.
Although the Barbie Dream Camper defect is a pee-wee one compared to Toyota’s SUA ordeal – affecting about 44,000 vehicles – it is serious enough that federal officials are urging the public to immediately stop using the battery-powered kiddie cars.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Barbie Dream Campers may continue to run even after the gray acceleration pedal is released, posing a crash and injury hazard.
The recall involves children’s Power Wheels Barbie Dream Campers with the model number FRC29 printed on a label under the hood. The recalled ride-on vehicles are hot pink with blue accents and have the Barbie logo printed on the back. The vehicles come with a play kitchen, a fold-out grill, and a pretend campfire.
Although Fisher-Price says it’s not aware of any injuries linked to the defect, it isn’t hard to imagine the life-threatening predicaments Barbie Dream Camper drivers could potentially end up in.
The Barbie Dream Campers were sold only by Walmart from July 2018 through January 2019, both online and in brick-and-mortar locations, for about $400.
In addition to taking the recalled vehicles away from children, parents and other supervisors should call Fisher-Price at 800-348-0751 for a free repair. Fortunately, the Barbie Dream Campers need not be returned to the store or manufacturer. Fisher-Price will mail replacement parts.