April 18, 2002Estes Industries Has Recalled Air Powered
- Estes Industries has recalled about 140,000 Air Powered Rockets. The
rockets' foam tips can break off exposing sharp edges that can cause face
lacerations or eye injuries to consumers. The rocket systems also have weak
pump handles that can break during use, posing a risk of hand lacerations to
Estes and CPSC have received 16 reports of rocket tips breaking off. Six
children were struck in the face by the rockets, including two children who
suffered detached retinas and four children who suffered lacerations that
required stitches or sutures. There were 68 reports of broken pump handles,
including six hand lacerations.
The blue, yellow and black GL-X200( Estes Air( Powered Rocket Systems
contains two blue rockets with yellow foam tips and are recommended for
children 8 years of age and older. "ESTES AIR" is printed in black and white
lettering in a 6-inch wide yellow oval on the front of the pump. Underneath
the pump appear the words, "Made in China."
Department stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Zany Brainy,
as well as e-businesses, catalogers and hobby shops sold these rockets from
February 2001 through February 2002 for between $20 and $40.
Consumers should stop using the air rockets immediately and call Estes
Industries toll free at (800) 576-5811 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT for
information on how to get a replacement rocket. For more information,
consumers can log on to the company's website at www.estesrockets.com.
Rocket pumps that have a label that reads, "WARNING: Stay away from rocket
when pumping and launching" are not included in this recall.