How to Troubleshoot a Safety First Yellow Corvette

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How to Troubleshoot a Safety First Yellow Corvette
The Safety 1st Yellow Corvette is a kid-sized replica of the popular car. (corvettes image by michael langley from Fotolia.com)

There is a large market for kids' battery-powered ride-on toys that are small-scale versions of real vehicles. The Yellow Corvette Race Car, produced by Safety 1st, is one of these. Although many of these ride-on toys were part of a large recall in 2005, several models weren't included in the recall and are still in circulation. When the Yellow Corvette fails to function properly, the problem can normally be traced to battery or wiring issues.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrench

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Charge the battery for 16 hours. Make sure the lights on the charger are on during charging, indicating that the outlet you are using has power.

  2. 2

    Re-insert the battery and make sure the engine connector is securely connected to the battery.

  3. 3

    Tighten the wheel nuts with a wrench -- loose wheel nuts will not engage the forward gears.

  4. 4

    Check for and reconnect any loose wires around the motor.

  5. 5

    Move the vehicle to smooth, level ground before attempting to drive it. Steep slopes, mud or loose gravel can cause the engine to overload and the thermal fuse to trip, causing the car to lose power for about 15 seconds.

Tips and warnings

  • The 12-volt battery included with the Safety 1st Yellow Corvette will eventually stop holding a charge. If none of the troubleshooting steps works it is possible that the battery needs to be replaced.
  • Never charge the battery for more than 30 hours.
  • Never shift gears when the car is in motion or motor damage is likely to occur.

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