Hobbico Inc. of Champaign, Illinois is recalling batteries used in 11,000 radio-controlled helicopter kits due to fire hazard.Â The helicopterâ€™s rechargeable battery can overheat and catch fire while charging, igniting nearby combustible materials. This poses a fire hazard to consumers and Hobbico has received 28 reports of batteries overheating and/or melting, including 27 reports of flames and minor property damage.Â Although no injuries have been reported, thus far, this is not the first time such a product has been recalled for fire hazard issues.Â The product was manufactured in China.
The recall involves the Electrifly lithium-polymer batteries (part #GPMP0401) sold individually or with the Heli-Max Axe CP-L radio-controlled helicopter kits, which includes a 23-inch long plastic helicopter; a battery; a radio transmitter; a balance chargerâ€™ a car adapter; an AC wall adapter; decals that read â€œHMX,â€ â€œAXE,â€ and â€œHeli-Maxâ€; and training gear.Â â€œElectriflyâ€ and â€œGPMP0401â€ are printed on the battery.Â The batteries were sold at Hobby Stores nationwide and online from November 2007 through March 2008 for about $35; helicopter kits were sold for $200.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact Hobbico for instructions on returning their battery for a free.Â Hobbico can be reached toll-free at (866) 462-2426 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or at its recall Websites at www.helimaxrc.com or www.electrifly.com to register for the recall.
In the second recall, about 2,000 Flame Weeders imported by Gardenerâ€™s Supply Company of Burlington, Vermont are being recalled because of fire and burn hazards.Â The Flame Weederâ€™s two-piece brass control valve can separate between the Flame Weeder and the propane tank, which allows propane to leak from the tank.Â The CPSC and Gardenerâ€™s Supply received three reports of the valve control leaking propane, including one report of flames.Â No injuries have been reported.
The Flame Weedersâ€”which were manufactured in the United Kingdomâ€”are used to burn weeks and have a long, silver-colored metal tube with a blue plastic handle.Â The handle is attached by a two-piece valve to a one-pound propane tank.Â The Flame Weeders were sold Gardenerâ€™s Supply stores in Burlington and Williston Vermont, through the Gardenerâ€™s Supply catalog, and at www.gardeners.com from March 2008 through July 2008 for about $50.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the Flame Weeders and return them to the store where purchased or call Gardenerâ€™s Supply for a full refund, including any shipping costs. Gardenerâ€™s Supply is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled flame weeders and consumers can reach Gardenerâ€™s Supply for additional information at 800-876-5520 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or via its Website at www.gardeners.com.