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

Affected: 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

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Testing the Estes Pro Series II Igniters

There have been many online reports of people having problems using Estes’s new Pro Series II igniters to light composite motors such as the new motors from Estes. Some people have even reported a 100% failure rate using the new igniters.

Others, however, have found that the new igniters work well in Estes and Aerotech composite motors. Michael Fritz, Marketing Director at Estes-Cox, responded to the reports of failure by posting:

…as I’ve stated elsewhere, we tested a huge number (thousands – all off of our E Launcher) of these before releasing them to the public…and considering our production history with our standard igniters, we have a pretty good handle on how to make them and make them work. I know this will sound very CYA, but we have been using them with the PSII composite motors here at the rocket ranch, launched off our E Pad (and new PSII pad) with the

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