The Laptop Steering Wheel Desk, No Misuse Possible

Every now and then, a product hits the market that appears to have been taken straight out of Saturday Night Live‘s infamous “Bag O’Glass” skit.  You know the type.  A product that, while useful (or entertaining), seems to be begging for disaster if misused.  Recently, we here at Abnormal Use discovered one such product while perusing Amazon.com.

Meet the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk by Wheelmate.  That’s right.  A laptop desk for your car’s steering wheel!

According to the Amazon product description, the product:

Attaches to your steering wheel for easy access to a writing and drink storage surface. The Go Office Wheel Mate Steering Wheel Desk is flat for writing and perfect for lunch or a snack. This Go Office Wheel Mate Steering Wheel Desk stores neatly in your car when used with the larger Auto Exec Laptop Car Desk. For safety reasons, never use this product while driving.

Sounds useful.  We have all tried to jot down notes or browse our iPads in the car, wishing we had a flat surface to do so.  Now, this product solves those problems.  Like the Post-It Note, we all just wish we had thought of it first. Unfortunately, the laptop steering wheel desk presents a slight possibility of misuse.  We assume the product is intended to be used only when the car is parked.  After all, it has a warning label and a stock image showing the product in use while the steering wheel is upside down.  Not all products are always used as intended, however.  Just check out a few of these user comments:

“OMG! I am using it right now to post thi…”

“Watching movies is so much easier while I drive!  Thank you wheel desk!”

Obviously, these users are poking fun of the possible misuse of the wheel desk.  As humorous as these users may be, however, there will certainly be people who try to use the product while driving – despite the warning and the utter absurdity of the idea.  And, of course, manufacturer will be on the wrong end of a products liability suit as a result.
We credit Wheelmate for developing a product that serves a useful purpose when used properly.  For its sake, we only hope it doesn’t share the same fate as lawn darts.

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