Cops Warn Drivers Against Installing Cookers In Bonnets

Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

Video Credit: AsiaWire / Kirin

Police have warned drivers against installing trendy new car bonnets with working electric cookers built-in for those long, frustrating traffic jams.

The bizarre modification first caught the eye of police in the city of Chengdu, capital of south-western China’s Sichuan Province, this week.

Videos of the unusual bonnet mod, created by local car tuners ‘Kirin’, have also been shared to live-streaming platform ‘Douyin’, which is known in English as ‘Tik Tok’.

The clips show a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz bonnet having been installed with what appears to be a functioning electric cooker, on top of which a hot pot is boiling away.

The modification generated a lot of interest but ultimately caught the attention of local authorities as well.

Chengdu police have said any unauthorised installations or modifications would result in punishment.

Car tuners Kirin, however, say they currently have no plans to put it into mass production.

The business’s owner, surnamed Zhang, explained: “We designed the electric cooker bonnet for promotional purposes, not to actually cook hot pot on it.”

Zhang revealed the supposedly working cooker atop the BMW is in fact a sticker, making it resemble a real electric stove.

Zhang added: “We thought, when you go on holiday and encounter traffic jams, you’re often stuck with nothing to eat. 

“That’s how we came up with the design of the electric cooker on the bonnet, but after considering the safety aspects and the fact that it wouldn’t be legal, we only made the one model.”

The boss said: “It was just for fun!”

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.