Product Recall: Spektrum Receivers For Model Airplane Gliders Pose Injury Risks

09/15/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Champaign, IL—Horizon Hobby Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), voluntarily recalled Spektrum Receivers used with model airplane gliders after discovering potential injury hazards associated with them. The CPSC and HC announced the product safety recall, which will affect approximately 3,500 units in the United States and 150 in Canada, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

The Illinois-based distributor announced the recall after determining that the “receiver can lose contact with the model airplane glider’s radio control.” If this were to occur, the glider would subsequently fall from the sky and could potentially strike individuals on the ground. Consumers, and those in the general area at the time of use, are susceptible to injuries as a result of this defect.

According to the CPSC news release, “This recall involves Spektrum AR6250 receivers designed for use with carbon fiber model gliders. Model number AR6250 can be found on the back of the packaging and on the front and back of the receiver. “Spektrum” is printed on the front of the receiver.”

Horizon Hobby direct sales representatives sold the product throughout the U.S. and Canada between March 2009 and May 2010. The Spektrum Receivers were valued at approximately $105.

Consumers have been urged to cease use of the potentially dangerous Spektrum Receivers and contact Horizon Hobby to find out how to obtain a complimentary replacement receiver.

Horizon Hobby can be reached toll-free at (877) 504-0233 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, as well as between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT Sunday. Consumers with questions or concerns may also visit the company’s Web site at www.horizonhobby.com or contact them by mail at 4105 Fieldstone Road, Champaign, Ill. 61822.

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