A SCHOOLBOY was left stunned after his favourite Christmas present burst into flames.
Little Robert Fletcher was over the moon when he unwrapped a £150 electric ride-on toy.
Kevin Oliver and wife Lisa had bought the Dareway toy for the youngstert.
But when his little brother Lindin went to try it out, the toy suddenly caught fire.
“He went to show his gran what it does, but when he stood on the accelerator pedal the circuit board beneath the pedal burst into flames right under his foot,” said Kevin.
Kevin managed to extinguish the flames and then sought advice.
He added: “I phoned the fire brigade just to get advice to make sure it was not going to go up in flames again. They came out and made it safe.
“The bairn wouldn’t go to sleep afterward. He didn’t even want to keep the telly plugged in because he thought it was going to catch fire.”
Kevin believes the family had a lucky escape.
“We were going to leave it overnight. It was on an eight-hour charge,” he said.
Kevin believes the problem may lie in the time the toy had been kept in storage.
“The paperwork has a date of November 2010 on it – I think that’s a manufacturing date. It may have been stood in a damp warehouse since then.
“It was nothing to do with anything I did. I had to assemble it, but it just involved two linking blocks for the controls at the top. I didn’t have to do anything with the electricals.”
A spokesman for Dareway manufacturer Famosa said the firm would arrange to collect the machine from Kevin and take it back to its Spanish headquarters for examination in a bid to determine what had caused the fire.
“We will, of course, replace the Dareway with a brand new one,” he added.