Remote Control Helicopter Recall Issued Due to Risk of Fires

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By: Staff Writers | Published: May 14th, 2010

Thousands of “Fly Dragonfly” and “Queen Bee” remote control helicopters have been recalled after a number of them have reportedly burst into flames. 

The remote control helicopter recall was announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after Imagine Nation Books Ltd/Books Are Fun, the Boulder, Colorado-based manufacturer, received 49 reports of the toy helicopters overheating. In six instances, flames reportedly came from the helicopters, and there was one report of minor property damage.

The CPSC warns that the rechargeable battery inside of the helicopters can overheat, causing the helicopter to spontaneously combust, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. So far, there have been no reported injuries in connection with the defective remote control helicopter.

The recall affects about 46,000 “Fly Dragonfly” remote-controlled helicopters, also known as “Queen Bee” remote-controlled helicopters. The plastic helicopters are black and yellow, with a black remote control unit. The helicopters are 19 inches long by 6 ½ inches tall, with a yellow cockpit with bee decals. The toys have “Fly Dragonfly” and SKU #51727 printed on the packaging.

The toy helicopters were sold for about $38 nationwide from August 2009 through January 10 at book and gift fairs held at schools, hospitals and office buildings.

The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the helicopters and contact Imagine Nation Boons Ltd/Books Are Fun, for a full refund at www.booksarefun.com/helicopter.php.

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