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Horizon Hobby, Inc. recalls Blade 500 X Remote Controlled Model Helicopters

Starting date:
January 28, 2014
Posting date:
January 28, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Suspected quality concern
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Horizon Hobby, Inc.

Affected products

Blade 500 X BNF and 500 3D RTF and BNF Remote Controlled Model Helicopters

Product description

This recall involves the tail rotor grips of the Blade 500 X BNF, the 500 3D RTF and the BNF Remote Controlled Model Helicopters. They can be identified by the model numbers: BLH4080, BLH1800, BLH1850 and BLH1800M1.

The helicopters are about 85 centimetres long, 30 centimetres tall and weighs about 4 lbs. The tail rotor grip for each model is a black plastic holder that holds the tail rotor blades of the helicopter in place. The grips are approximately 3.2 centimetres tall and 1.3 centimetres wide.

Hazard identified

The tail rotor blade grip may fail causing the helicopter to crash and may cause injury.

Horizon Hobby, Inc. has received 4 reports of the tail rotor blade grip failing. No injuries were reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of injuries related to the use of this helicopter.

For some tips to help consumer choose safe toys and to help them keep children safe when they play with toys, see General toy safety tips.

Number sold

Approximately 196 units of the recalled helicopters were sold at hobby stores across Canada.

Approximately 1787 units of the recalled helicopters were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The Blade 550 X and 500 3D with model numbers BLH1800, BLH1800M1, BLH1850 were sold from December 2012 to September 2013.  Blade 500 X and 500 3D with model numbers BLH4080 and BLH1850 were sold from May 2013 to September 2013.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Shenzen Shen’s Tongchuang Aeronautic Model Co., Ltd.
Horizon Hobby, Inc.

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What you should do

Customers should immediately stop using the helicopters and contact Horizon Hobby for a replacement blade grip along with instructions for replacement.

For more information, consumers may can contact Horizon Hobby by telephone at 1-877-504-0233 or visit the Horizon Hobby's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.