Estes-Cox Recalls Two Model Rockets Due to Risk of Impact Injury

Estes HeliosAffected: Estes Red Rider #2484 and Helios #2487 Almost Ready To Fly Model Rockets and Their Packaging

Consumers should stop using these products immediately. Estes-Cox has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of this recall. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Names of Products: Red Rider and Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly Model Rockets

Units: Red Rider 6,890 Helios 4,252

Manufacturer: Estes-Cox Corp. of Penrose, Colo.

Hazard: When flown with the new booster accessories being marketed for these rockets, the rocket’s flight can become unstable causing the rocket to change direction while under thrust, posing a risk of impact injury to people nearby.

Incidents/Injuries: Estes-Cox has received no reports of incidents or injuries.

Description: This recall involves the Red Rider Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket and the Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket. The Red Rider rocket (item #2484) is 18.6 inches (47.2 cm) long, 1.33 inches (34 mm) in diameter and weighs 2.5 ounces (71 g). The rocket has a white nose cone and tail section, red body tube and fins with a white Estes Red Rider decal on the side. The Helios rocket (item #2487) is 18.2 inches (46.2 cm) long, 1.64 inches (42 mm) in diameter and weighs 3.3 ounces (95.6 g). The rocket has a silver body tube, yellow nose cone and fin unit with a yellow Helios decal on the side. Both items are packaged in 4-color triangular shaped boxes about 4 inches (10.2 cm) wide x 15 inches (38.1 cm) tall. The item numbers are printed above the bar codes on the products’ packaging.

Red Rider and Helios rockets with other item numbers and bar codes on the packaging are not part of the recall.

Sold at: Hobby stores and other retailers nationwide from June 12 through September 20, 2013 for between $12 and $17.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled rockets immediately and contact Estes-Cox for instructions on receiving a replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Estes-Cox toll-free at (855) 214-0181 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at Click on Recall.

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