Maybe you had one as a kid, or knew someone who did. It’s the iconic little red wagon with the Radio Flyer logo. If so, you might not recognize the newest product dreamed up by the brain trust at Radio Flyer’s Chicago, Illinois, headquarters.

This wagon, called the Cloud 9, is equipped with enough high-tech bells and whistles to make the family minivan jealous.

“We approached this product much like an automotive company might with a concept car,” said Mark Johnson, Radio Flyer’s product development manager.

Outfitted with 5-point safety harnesses, padded seats, cup holders, foot brakes and fold-out storage containers, the sleek, curved Cloud 9 has every family covered for a ride through the park. But that’s just for starters.

There’s a digital handle that tracks temperature, time, distance and speed — just in case energetic parents want to track their split times around the playground. And there’s a slot for an iPod, complete with speakers, for some cruising tunes.

Well – it’s something-or-other 2.0

  1. keaneo says:

    Just right for Berkeley or Santa Fe – or Westport, I guess. The folks at L’il Red Wagon or whoever have a sense of humor.

  2. floyd says:

    That’s just wrong…

    I had a real Radio Flyer when I was a kid, one of the heavier duty ones. We played in it (I hauled my younger siblings around in it for fun), and hauled sticks and yard debris for my parents.

    The last thing a kid’s wagon should have is seats with seatbelts and drink holders.

  3. Special Ed says:

    This is perfect for the little crotch fruit that will become our future assholes.

  4. deowll says:

    Had a red wagon as kid. This thing is not as flexible as a toy.

    I’d like a nice sturdy one for yard work.

  5. BubbaRay says:

    Where’s the cell phone, GPS and flip-up DVD?

  6. amodedoma says:

    Skinned-knee factor of ZERO! Where’s the fun in that? Go ahead and get your kids one of these, but they’ll grow-up to be pussies.

  7. Hybrids Are For The Brids says:

    Why isn’t it a hybrid? Could have a battery and generator supplying power to light the headlights at night and an extra one that would be pulled out and put in the car to get dad to work every day. I can’t believe no one did this. What do you mean the engineers said all that would triple the price and would never sell. Need to go green at whatever the cost or we are all doomed said Nostrabama.

  8. Ron Larson says:

    Jeeze. Why don’t they just sell these parents large, impenetrable, clear plastic bubbles to stick their kids in?

  9. rudedog says:

    Loose the seat belts.

    However instead of loosing the seat belts, I bet they will also sell little red helmets for the kids to wear while buckled in…….

    I don’t know what is worst, the people who make these things or the people who require them to have seat belts in there.

  10. EvilPoliticians says:

    Looks like there are some designers and marketeers that have nothing to else to do. Cut them on the next round of layoffs for wasting time.

    On the other hand, there will always be a market with those that want to do everything to protect their precious little snowflakes.

  11. Named says:

    Lose the seatbelts? WTF? The only thing that keeps me pulling the kids in my radio flyer is the old skool lapbelts. I can strap them in a look forward.

    You ‘Mericans are all whack. What am I supposed to do without the belts? Pull the kids across the street and whoever jumps out becomes street meat? I guess when you don’t have single payer health insurance, that’s how ‘Mericans and other third world nations reduce their expenses.

  12. masteroffm says:

    buddy of mine is a big VW buf and wants to get one of these for his son…


  13. AdmFubar says:

    wait there isnt a roll bar or airbags!!! it is defective!!! they are gonna get sued when this thing takes off down a hill and flips!

  14. Improbus says:

    Just when you think things couldn’t get any stupider. Fear the future.


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