Tuesday, July 24, 2007

RECALL: Remote Control Airplanes due to Explosion Risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Estes-Cox Corp of Colorado, today announced a voluntary recall 21,000 Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplanes. The airplanes are launched by hand and can explode near the consumer's head, posing a risk of temporary hearing loss and injuries to eyes, face and hands. Estes-Cox has received 45 reports of airplanes exploding, including 22 reports of consumers experiencing temporary ear pain or hearing being affected; five reports of minor burns to hands, faces or eyes; two reports of chest impact from debris; two reports of eye injuries; and one report of a cut hand. One consumer sought medical attention for burning eyes. This recall involves Model 4116 Sky Rangers Park Flyer radio control airplanes, which come with a black battery charger. The airplanes have a wingspan of about 14 inches, a light blue, white and orange polystyrene foam fuselage, and a copper coil on the rudder. Airplanes with a warning sticker on the fuselage near the on/off switch are not included in the recall. The planes were sold at hobby stores and other retailers nationwide from September 2005 through December 2006 for between $20 and $40.
Consumers should stop using the recalled airplanes immediately and contact Estes-Cox to verify that their plane is being recalled and 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 Thursday, or visit http://www.estesrockets.com/

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