TOY BOX: Razor scooter still has long way to go

Just when you thought those little scooters couldn't get more annoying, I give you the Razor XLR8R. Now, not only do you have to worry about getting plowed over by an out-of-control kid speeding towards you on the sidewalk, but this motorized version is disturbingly loud.

Just when you thought those little scooters couldn't get more annoying, I give you the Razor XLR8R. Now, not only do you have to worry about getting plowed over by an out-of-control kid speeding towards you on the sidewalk, but this motorized version is disturbingly loud.

Jaded adult opinions aside, I tried to look at it from the view of those kids who think having a motored anything will give them a sense of freedom. Even then, I found it totally impractical. The motor weighs a ton, making it too front-heavy. It's also hard to steer, and almost impossible to push in a straight line while walking next to it. And for a kid who meets the weight requirement - under 120 pounds - picking it up and carrying it is no easy feat. To Razor's credit, it does include a parental control safety feature that allows its speed to be limited to 5 mph. On its own, it goes up to 10 mph. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the scooter is also environmentally friendly. The verdict: If your kids insist on one of these pesky toys, go motorless. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $119 Available at Toys R Us, FAO, K-B Toys, and The Sports Authority Specs Maximum speed of 10 mph; 8-10 hour battery charge time; up to 40 minutes of continuous use; maximum weight limit of 120 pounds.

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