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LEGO Systems Announces Recall of Remote Controls Due to Burn Hazard

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Recall Date:
July 21, 2009

Recall Details

July 21, 2009
Alert #09-753



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: Power Functions IR Remote Controls

Units: About 1,600

Manufacturer: LEGO Systems Inc., of Enfield, Conn.

Hazard: The batteries in the remote controls can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: LEGO Systems Inc. has received four reports of batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Power Functions IR Speed remote controls sold separately and as a part of the Emerald Night Train kit (Item K10194) and Power Functions kit (Item K8882). The gray plastic remote controls have two large orange dials and the word LEGO printed on the front.

Sold through: LEGO catalogs and online at from April 2009 through May 2009 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled remote controls, and contact LEGO Systems Inc. to determine if their unit needs to be replaced. Consumers with defective remote controls will receive a replacement product. LEGO Systems Inc. is directly contacting consumers who purchased this product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LEGO Systems Inc. at (800) 718-1858 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or visit the firm's Web site at

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