Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Mother Saves Children from Electric Toy Car Before it Explodes

Published on Aug 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm in Product Liability.

In August 2018, a mother in North Andover, Massachusetts saved her two children from an electric toy car before it burst into flames.

Michelle Kline was nearby when her children’s toy car began to smoke. At the time, her 16-month-old and three-year-old were buckled in the toy car. After she got them out, it took approximately two minutes for the vehicle to burst into flames and leave only charred remains. The children are okay and suffered no injuries.

The electric toy car, a $500 SPORTrax Awesome XL, was purchased as a birthday present for the Kline’s three-year-old and five-year-old.

The SPORTrax brand is a trademark of Rolling Hills Trading, Inc. The SPORTrax Awesome XL features two leather seats, four-wheel-drive, EVA foam rubber tires, and an MP3 player. It operates on two 12V 10Ah batteries and can run for 48 to 90 minutes on a single charge. It weighs 85 pounds and is recommended for children ages 24-months to six years.

While the manufacturer spoke with the fire inspector, they did not speak with the family or release any other comments. The company told the fire inspector their electric toy car has multiple fail-safes in place to protect people from accidents like this happening.

The fire chief believes the fire started near where the batteries are located; however, with the remains of the toy the way they are, it may be impossible to determine the cause. The fire department notified the Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC), the fire marshal, the distributor, and the manufacturer about this incident.

The CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency. They develop voluntary consumer product standards, issue and enforce mandatory standards, obtain the recall of products and arrange for their repair, replacement, or refund, conduct research on potentially hazardous products, and inform and educate consumers.

It is likely the CPSC will conduct their own investigation regarding the SPORTrax Awesome XL and act accordingly. If other children are in danger because of defective in this electric toy car that will be made known to the public, so parents can get rid of the toy or have it repaired.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an incident involving a toy or another product that was advertised as safe and used as intended, speaking with the product liability attorneys at Thomas Law Offices may give you an opportunity to take legal action against a manufacturer that could have done more to protect consumers. Get in touch today to learn more.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out of pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Legal & Firm News

Types of Medical Malpractice

Like most major cities, Chicago and its suburbs, such as Mokena, Skokie, Orland Park, Naperville, Arlington Heights, Calumet City, and others, are home to many doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities, and hospitals. While many medical providers at these facilities successfully treat patients’ presenting concerns, poor outcomes occur.

Read More

Illinois Nursing Home Regulations

Illinois nursing home regulations exist to keep older and vulnerable adults residing in nursing homes safe, healthy, and protected from harm. Our state government has established a comprehensive system of laws to protect care facility residents, recognizing that nursing home abuse and neglect is a very real and serious problem.   Thomas Law Offices in Chicago, […]

Read More

Tad Thomas Interviewed About Sexual Assault Cases on WAVE Listens Live!

This week, Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices was invited back to join John Ramsey on WAVE 3 News during his Listens Live! segment which airs weekdays in Louisville. In August, Tad was interviewed on the segment about senior care facilities and how family members of residents in facilities can help protect their loved ones. […]

Read More
Tad Thomas on The National Crime Victim Bar Association
National Civil Justice Institute - Trustee
Tad Thomas on Lawyer Minds
Tad Thomas on American Association for Justice
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Ohio Association for Justice
Kentucky Justice Association
Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America
Martindale Hubbell Preeminent
2021 Public Justice Member
AAJ Masters of Trial Law: Champion