Safety Alert Number 0805153


Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Sold Exclusively in Walgreens Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards by TWIE

Release #08-293

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 583-4908
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Sold Exclusively in Walgreens Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards by TWIE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: "Sky Champion" Wireless Indoor Helicopters

Units: About 152,000

Importer/Distributor: TWIE, also known as Tradewinds International Enterprises Inc. , of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The rechargeable battery contained inside the helicopter can catch fire, igniting the helicopter and nearby combustible materials.  This poses a burn or fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: TWIE has received two reports of helicopters catching fire.  No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the "Sky Champion" wireless indoor helicopter.  The helicopter comes with a transmitter that controls and recharges the helicopter.  The helicopter is made of foam and plastic and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches.  The transmitter measures about 6 inches by 4 inches.  "BH26047" is printed on the tail of the helicopter.  "WIC 551777" and the UPC code is 630990006005 are printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Walgreens stores nationwide from June 2007 through November 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact TWIE for a full refund.  Returns will be accepted by TWIE.  Walgreens will not accept returns or provide a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TWIE toll free at (888) 583-4908 anytime or send an email to returncoptersl@aol.com

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08293.html