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RECALL ALERT: Model Helicopters Recalled by Horizon Hobby Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards
May 31, 2011 by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters and replacement Blade mCP X Main Blade Grips with Bearings

Units: About 16,600 in the U.S.; 1,300 in Canada

Importer: Horizon Hobby, Inc., of Champaign, Ill.

Hazard: The main blade grips and main rotor blades can release from the main rotor head, posing an impact and laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Horizon Hobby has received 312 reports of the rotor blades releasing from the rotor head, including 34 reports of a blade striking a user, resulting in 12 laceration injuries.

Description: Blade ultra-micro indoor/outdoor helicopters have red and blue canopies with the name "Blade mCP X" printed on both sides. The model numbers are printed on the underside of the products' boxes with the bar code. The following are recalled:
Product Name | Size | Model Number
Bind-N-Fly Helicopter | Length 9.65 inches | BLH3580
Ready to Fly Helicopter (transmitter included) | Length 9.65 inches | BLH3500
Main Blade Grips with Bearings (replacement part) | Rotor Diameter .6 inches | BLH3514


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Sold at: Retailers nationwide during March 2011 for $180 to $220 for the model helicopters and $10 for the replacement part.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Horizon Hobby for free replacement of main rotor grips and do-it-yourself instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Horizon Hobby Support Team toll-free at (877) 504-0233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT on Saturdays, and between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays, or visit the website at http://www.bladehelis.com/MCPX

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1334


See original article online at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11236.html


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