Thursday, June 26, 2008

RECALL: Remote-controlled Helicopter Toys Pose Risk of Fire

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Westminste of Atlanta, Georgie, yesterday announced a voluntary recall about 102,000 “Thunder Wolf” Remote Controlled Indoor Helicopters. The rechargeable battery inside the helicopter can overheat. This can result in the helicopter’s body melting, as well as a risk of fire or burns to consumers. Westminster Inc. has received seven reports of overheating and/or melting of the helicopter, including one report of flames and two reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported. The “Thunder Wolf” remote-controlled indoor helicopter is made of foam and plastic, and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches. “TW0996” is printed on the tail of the helicopter and was sold in multiple accent colors. The helicopter comes with a controller and a separate charger. Only helicopters that do not have “Made in China” stamped on the underside of the helicopter are subject to the recall. Retail stores nationwide from June 2007 through December 2007 for about $20.
Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact Westminster Inc. for a refund. Retailers will not accept returns or provide a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Westminster Inc. at 800-618-0023 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday; visit the; or send an e-mail to

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