WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 18,000 model helicopters sold in the United States and Canada have been voluntarily recalled for potential impact and laceration hazards, governments of the two countries said on Tuesday.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said in a joint statement that the main blade grips and main rotor blades of Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters can release from the main rotor head.
There have been 312 incidents of rotor blades releasing from the rotor head. Thirty-four resulted in blades striking a user and 12 resulted in laceration, the CPSC said.
The recall includes helicopters and parts with model numbers BLH3580, BLH3500 and BLH3514 which were sold at various retailers nationwide during March 2011 for between $180 and $220.
Consumers should stop using the products and contact distributor Horizon Hobby for a free replacement of main rotor grips and do-it-yourself instructions.
(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)