A few weeks ago, Will received a very generous gift from my in-laws. The ever popular Cozy Coupe pictured here:
I had one as a kid and I’m sure most of you did too. These things are a time honored tradition when you hit the age of one. So I was pretty excited to have MJ put it together and give Will his first spin in his new ride. After some initial confusion on his part, he finally understood what it was all about and he began pushing it all around the room. Then, after some prompting, he climbed in and took the wheel. He loved it, as can plainly be seen here:
He tools around the living room like a big shot and I smiled as I pictured him in about 16 years riding around picking up chicks in an actual car. And just as I was about to annoint this car the coolest present ever, I heard a sound from the kitchen.
When I came around the corner, I saw that Will had been in a rollover. The car had fallen on top of him and he couldn’t wriggle out of the wreck. He wasn’t really crying, just more in shock and he certainly wasn’t hurt. I chalked it up to a freak accident and righted the Cozy Coupe so he could continue playing with it.
But it wasn’t an isolated incident.
This thing is a death trap! It topples over at the drop of a hat because it’s so tall. So when a 26-lb mega baby climbs into the cab there is no balance at all, and Will goes flying. Thankfully the paramedics we are always around to use the jaws of life disentangle him from the wreckage before any serious injuries occur.
I looked up some info on the Cozy Couple of Death and it appears these things have been around for 30 years. How have there not been any modifications to this thing? You’d think they’d start changing the design after the first few hundred babies were helplessly trapped under a twisted heap of plastic, right? I mean, they’re not as dangerous as those damn goats but still…
So I’ll be sending a letter to the Cozy Coupe people along with this picture:
And no, it’s not bad parenting that I raced over and took a picture of my son trapped under his car instead of immediately lifting it off of him. Because…well…it’s kind of funny right?