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Horizon Hobby recalls HobbyZone Super Cub S Radio-Controlled Aircraft Charger and Power Supply

Starting date:
December 4, 2014
Posting date:
December 4, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Hobby/Craft Items, Toys
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fire Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-42785

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

Affected products

HobbyZone Super Cub S Ready-to-Fly and Bind-N-Fly remote control aircraft power supply and charger

Product description

This recall involves the power supply and charger included exclusively with the HobbyZone Super Cub S Ready-to-Fly aircraft, model number HBZ8100, and the HobbyZone Super Cub S Bind-N-Fly aircraft, model number HBZ8180.  Aircraft model numbers are located on the packaging.

The affected power supply is 6.4 centimetres by 4.5 centimetres by 4.4 centimetres (2 ½ inches by 1 ¾ inches by 1 ¼ inches) and is black with a blue label that reads “HobbyZone” and model “HBZ1004.”  The DC auxiliary charger is 12.7 centimeters by 6.4 centimetres by 4.5 centimetres (5 inches by 2 ½ inches by 1 ¾ inches) and is black with a blue label that reads “HobbyZone” and model “HBZ1003.”

Hazard identified

Power supply units and chargers included with the model aircraft can overcharge the battery, posing a risk of fire and property damage.

Horizon Hobby has received 18 reports of the charger overheating, resulting in damage to the batteries and fire. Sixteen reports of incidents have been reported in the United States and two reports in Canada. No injuries have been reported.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.

Number sold

Approximately 879 of the recalled charging systems were sold in Canada and about 5,921 units in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold at hobby stores and online from April 2014 to August 2014 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Distributor
Horizon Hobby, LLC
Champaign
Illinois
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the power supply and chargers immediately and contact Horizon Hobby for a replacement AC charger.

For more information, consumers may contact Horizon Hobby by telephone at 1-877-504-0233 or by email from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. CT on Sunday.  Consumers can also visit the Horizon Hobby's website and click on Product Recalls listed under Support at the bottom of the page for more information.

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.