Ever crack a new mainline casting hoping for speed and nada. Well, there are a few indicators of the issue if you look closely.
Even before you pop the car apart you can hold the wheels and try to move the axles around. If the wheels get close to the wheel wells of the casting and actually touch the body, you may have the above issue.
Front axle was loose. It is sitting just how it came apart. (I didn't stage for the picture) You can clearly see the machine never even touched the tabs. If they aren't crimped closed, the only thing left to hold the axle down is the interior piece. Which normally isn't enough. True we are talking about a $1 toy that is mass produced in the millions.
As modifiers we have the luxury to repair or make it functional. Little Sally or Johnny is just going to get mad it doesn't roll. Sure they are guaranteed for us in America, but not internationally. Is it a lack of Quality Control or just the nature of mass production. Either way, if a normally decent performing casting is having issues straight out of the blister. This and other hidden issues could be the cause.
Thoughts? Have you also found problems once you popped a casting apart?