Helicopter toy blade is cutting kids

On May 31, 2011 the "Blade" brand micro helicopters by Horizon Hobby has been jointly recalled with Horizon Hobby, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

This recall involves "Blade"-brand ultra-micro indoor/outdoor model helicopters that have red and blue canopies. The name "Blade mCP X" is printed on both sides of the canopy. The following model numbers are included in this recall; the model number is printed on the underside of the product packaging, along with the UPC.

  • Blade mCP X Bind-N-Fly Helicopter Micro model helicopter Model BLH3500 UPC 6 05482 02911 4
  • Blade mCP X Ready to Fly Helicopter Micro model helicopter with transmitter Model BLH3580 UPC 6 05482 02912 1
  • Blade mCP X Main Blade Grips with Bearings Main rotor blade grips for helicopter Model BLH3514 UPC 6 05482 03587 0

What is the danger?

The main rotor blades and main rotor grips can release from the main rotor head while in use. This poses an impact or laceration hazard to the user or persons nearby.

Horizon Hobby has received 337 reports of the rotor blades releasing from the rotor head, including 34 reports of a blade striking a user. This has resulted in 16 laceration injuries.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these helicopters.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled helicopters and contact Horizon Hobby to receive free replacement blade grips.

If you want more information, you may contact Horizon Hobby at 1-877-504-0233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT on Saturdays, and between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. CT on Sundays. Alternatively, consumers can visit the company website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 1,260 of the recalled helicopters were sold at hobby and specialty stores across Canada.

In the United States, approximately 12,420 of the recalled helicopters and 3,360 of the replacement blade grips were sold nationwide.

The recalled products were sold in March 2011 in Canada and in the United States.

These recalled toys were manufactured in China. The distributor is Horizon Hobby Inc. of Champaign, Illinois, United States.