Product Recall: Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplanes

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Toys

Estes-Cox Corp., of Penrose, Colorado, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling their Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplanes. The planes have a tendency to explode and, because they are launched by hand, may very well do so right next to the consumer's head. This can result in hearing loss and injuries to eyes, face, and hands. There have been a total of 45 reports of the airplanes exploding, including twenty-two reports of temporary ear pain or hearing loss, five reports of minor burns, two reports of people being hit in the chest by debris, and two reports of eye injuries.

The recall covers model 4116 Sky Rangers Park Flyer radio control airplanes, which come with a black battery charger. The planes are about 14 inches across and are light blue, white, and orange. They are made of polystyrene foam and have a copper coil on the rudder. Airplanes with a warning sticker on the fuselage near the on/off switch are not included in the recall. These planes were sold at hobby stores and other retailers across the country from September 2005 through December of last year for $20 to $40.

You should stop using the planes immediately and get in touch with Estes-Cox to verify that your model is part of the recall and to find how how to return the plane for a replacement. For more information, contact Estes-Cox at (800) 576-5811 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Thursday, or visit the firm's Web site.

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