|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2009
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 504-0233
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Radio Transmitters for Model Aircrafts Recalled by Horizon Hobby Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Spektrum DX6i Radio Transmitters used with model aircrafts
Units: About 15,000
Manufacturer: Horizon Hobby Inc., of Champaign, Ill.
Hazard: The defective radio transmitters can cause model airplanes and helicopters they control to fall from the sky while in flight and crash into bystanders or property. The propellers can also spin unexpectedly injuring a person standing too close or working on the aircraft. This poses impact and laceration hazards to consumers and a risk of property damage.
Incidents/Injuries: Horizon Hobby is aware of two injuries that resulted in multiple cuts to the hands.
Description: The recalled Spektrum DX6i radio transmitters are used to control model airplanes and helicopters. “Spektrum DX6i” is printed on the front of the transmitters. The transmitters were sold individually or as part of three different ready-to-fly model aircraft. Item numbers and product date codes included in this recall are listed below. The item number is located on the product’s packaging. The date code is located on a label inside the transmitter’s battery compartment or on the underside of the battery compartment door.
|Product||Item Numbers||Date Codes
|Spektrum DX6i 6-Channel Full
Range Radio Transmitter
|E-Flite Blade 400 Ready-To-Fly
Electric Mini Helicopter
|E-Flite T-34 25 ePTS Ready-to-
|Hangar 9 P-51 Mustang Mk II
PTS Ready-to-Fly Airplane
Sold at: Independently-owned model and hobby shops from July 2008 through January 2009 for about $200 for the transmitter, or for between $400 and $500 for the transmitter when sold with a model airplane or helicopter.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled radio transmitters and contact Horizon Hobby to arrange to have the transmitters shipped free of charge for inspection and repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Horizon Hobby toll-free at (877) 504-0233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site www.horizonhobby.com
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