The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recalls of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed.
Product: Radio-controlled model airplanes with lithium polymer batteries
Distributor: Estes-Cox Corp., of Penrose, Colo.
Hazard: The airplanes can overheat while recharging the battery,posing a fire hazard.
Incidents/injuries: Estes-Cox has received nine reports of overheating, including one report of a plane catching fire and resulting in a minor burn injury.
Description: This recall involves Sky Squadron Model 4153 and Sky Rangers Model 4161 radio-controlled airplanes with rechargeable lithium batteries. Model 4153 is a blue Corsair single engine airplane with a Number 15 decal and a black and blue transmitter/charger. Model 4161 is a red twin engine plane with an all-black transmitter/charger.
Sold at: RadioShack stores nationwide sold the Sky Squadron airplane from December 2006 through February 2007 for about $35. Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold the Sky Ranger airplane from January through February 2007 for about $30.
Remedy: Stop using the airplanes and contact Estes-Cox for instructions on returning the airplane for a replacement product.
Contact: Call 800-576-5811 or visit www.estesrockets.com.