December 18, 2006
Remote-Control Helicopter Toys Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Remote-Control Dragonfly King HX-242 Helicopter (also known as the Micro R/C Helicopter)
Units: About 1,600
Distributor: ThinkGeek Inc., of Fairfax, Va.
Hazard: The helicopter battery can overheat and catch fire, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: ThinkGeek has received five reports of the battery overheating. No fires or injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled toy helicopters are remote-controlled lightweight plastic toy helicopters. The helicopter is sold with a control unit, a charger and rechargeable batteries in the body of the toy. The body of the helicopter measures about 13 inches in length and the rotor diameter is about 10 inches. The helicopter is yellow and red with green rotors. The helicopter has a label on the front that reads "Champion HX242 Electric Power Helicopter."
Sold Exclusively: ThinkGeek.com Web site during November 2006 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toy helicopters and contact ThinkGeek to receive a refund or a replacement product.
Customer Contact: For additional information, contact ThinkGeek at (888) 433-5788 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers may also e-mail the firm at email@example.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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