July 21, 2009

PF speed remote recall

Hello again! I found out from my sources that the Power Functions Speed Remote is being recalled because of over-heating. Here is what Lego said about it:
"Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control recalled LEGO Systems is working with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to voluntarily recall the 8879 Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control which poses a thermal burn hazard to users if the batteries inside overheat. The remote control units were sold separately (item 8879) or sold in the Emerald Night Train kit (item K10194) and Power Functions kit (item K8882). 997 units of the remote control units were sold between April 8, 2009 and May 6, 2009. LEGO Systems has received 4 reports of the remote control heating up after batteries were inserted. No injuries have occurred. These remotes were only sold directly to consumers through http://shop.lego.com or the LEGO Shop at Home catalog and were not sold at any retail outlets. All consumers who have purchased this item are being asked to immediately stop using the remote control unit and to check to see if their unit is part of the recall. Purchasers will be contacted directly by LEGO Systems with information on how to determine if their IR remote control unit is part of the recall and how to receive a replacement remote, or they can access this information here.

If your remote control unit is one of those affected, it becomes hot to the touch in the first 5 to 10 minutes of initial operation. If you did not experience this situation when you first loaded batteries into the remote control unit, your unit is not part of this recall. If your remote control did or does overheat, then please contact LEGO Systems for a replacement remote control."
Huh...I don't have a speed remote, so I'm safe, but everyone who DOES have one should take them back.

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