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Horizon Hobby Recalls Model Helicopters Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

HARTFORD, June 2 -- The Department of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers about a voluntary recall of some model Remote Control Helicopters and replacement blades announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Horizon Hobbies, of Champaign, Illinois.

About 16,600 model helicopters and blades are being recalled because the main blade grips and rotor blades can release from the main rotor head, posing an impact and laceration hazard. Horizon Hobby has received 312 reports of the rotor blades releasing from the rotor head and 34 reports of a blade striking a user, resulting in 12 laceration injuries.

The Model Helicopters were sold at retailers nationwide during March 2011 for $180 to $200 and $10 for the replacement blades.

This recall includes the product names and model numbers listed below. The 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

Main Blade Grips with Bearing (Replacement part)

Rotor Diameter .6 Inches/BLH3514

Ready to Fly Helicopter (Transmitter included)

Length 9.65 Inches/BLH3500

copter kit3     copter kit two        

Consumers should stop using the helicopters immediately and contact Horizon Hobby for a replacement of rotor grips and do-it-yourself instructions. For additional information, contact Horizon Hobby Support Team toll-free at (877) 504-0233 between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday or visit the website at

It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


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