Company Recalls Toy RocketsApr 18, 2002 | AP
A Colorado company is recalling about 140,000 air-powered toy rockets because of defective parts that can break off and cause eye and hand injuries.
Estes Industries, of Penrose, Colo. has received 16 reports of the rockets' foam tips breaking off to expose sharp edges, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (news - web sites) said Thursday.
Six children have been struck in the face, including two who suffered detached retinas and four who suffered lacerations that required stitches or sutures.
The rocket systems also have weak pump handles that can break during use, the safety commission said. There have been 68 reports of broken pump handles, and six reports of hand lacerations.
The GL-X200 Estes Air Powered Rocket Systems contains two blue rockets with yellow foam tips and are recommended for children ages 8 and older.
"ESTES AIR" is printed in black and white lettering in a 6-inch-wide yellow oval on the front of the pump. "Made in China" is written on the bottom of the pump.
The rockets were sold between February 2001 and February 2002 in department and toy stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Zany Brainy.
They also could be bought online, in catalogs and at hobby shops. Each toy sold for between $20 and $40.
Rocket pumps with a label that reads "WARNING: Stay away from rocket when pumping and launching" are not included in the recall.