Tuesday, March 27, 2007

RECALL: Radio-Controlled Airplanes

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of Radio Control Model Airplanes (Models 4153 and 4161) with Lithium Polymer Batteries. More than 65,000 of the planes manufactured by Estes-Cox Corp., of Colorado were sold. The airplanes can overheat while recharging the battery, posing a fire hazard. Estes-Cox received nine reports of overheating, including one report of a plane catching fire and resulting in a minor burn injury. This recall involves Sky Squadron Model 4153 (sold atRadioShack) and Sky Rangers Model 4161 (sold at Wal-Mart) radiocontrolled airplanes with rechargeable lithium batteries. The airplaneshave a wingspan of about 18- to 20-inches and a polystyrene foamfuselage. Model 4153 is a blue Corsair single engine airplane with aNumber 15 decal and a black and blue transmitter/charger. Model 4161 isa red twin engine plane with an all-black transmitter/charger. The model numbers are on the box and instructions.

RadioShack stores nationwide sold the Sky Squadron Airplane from December 2006 through February 2007 for about $35. Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold the Sky Ranger Airplane from January through February 2007 for about $30.
Consumers with the recalled airplanes should stop using them immediately and contact Estes-Cox for instructions on returning the airplane for a replacement product. For additional information, contact Estes-Cox at 800-576-5811 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (mountain time) Monday through Friday, or visit www.estesrockets.com

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