Summer is fast approaching!  This means that your kids will spend a great deal of time at home instead of at school.  Finding ways to keep your kids entertained over their summer break can become quite the mission.  My aunt has chosen the “lets go to the park with your friends” route.  She takes her kids, a few of their friends, along with a basketball, kite and a remote-controlled helicopter and heads to a nearby park.  Her kids can spend hours at the park enjoying themselves with no complaints (well maybe the occasional “I want ice cream!!!” tantrum, but that’s expected).  By the time they get home, these kids are too tired and exhausted to cause havoc.  I actually quite like this plan.  It gives my aunt a chance to read a book under the beautiful Los Angeles sun while her kids go off doing their thing.  All this sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?  Well, not exactly.  For those parents who have purchased remote-controlled helicopters for their children to play with, this blog is written for you!

Remote-Controlled Helicopters

Midwest Trading Group, Inc. issued a recall of their Radio Controlled Banshee Helicopter because they pose fire and burn hazards.  According to the company, “the rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat and ignite the helicopter, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers or nearby items.”

Product Information:

  • Product Name: Remote-Controlled Banshee 3 Channel helicopters
  • Importer: Midwest Trading Group, Inc., Addison, Ill.
  • Units: About 9,400
  • Places Sold:
    • Ace Hardware
    • Alco
    • Discount Direct
    • Seen on Screen nationwide
    • VA Canteen Service
    • Online
    • PulseTV.com
  • Dates Sold: October 2011 through November 2011
  • Price of Product: Between $40 and $50
  • Reason for Recall: The rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat and ignite the helicopter

Click to see a picture of the recalled Remote-Controlled Helicopters.

Remote Controlled Helicopter Injuries To Date:

  • There have been no reported injuries to date.
  • There has been one report of a helicopter overheating with flames coming from the helicopter.
  • There has been one report of minor property damage.

Refund:

If you or a loved one has purchased the recalled Remote-Controlled Helicopters, you should top using the remote-controlled helicopters immediately.  You should then contact Midwest Trading Group for a full refund.

Additional Information:

For information on the recall, consumers may contact Midwest Trading Group at (866) 815-4714.  Consumers may also contact The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by calling (800) 638-2772.

What to Do if You Have Been Affected by a Recalled Product

If you or a loved one has become injured as a result of these recalled Remote-Controlled Helicopters, you may be entitled to compensation.  It would be beneficial to speak to an attorney specializing in products liability.

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