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Horizon Hobby is recalling almost 2,200 remote-controlled model helicopters due to a potentially dangerous defect in the aircraft’s tail, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Jan. 28.

The recall involves helicopters sold online and at hobby stores in the United States and Canada from December 2012 to September 2013. The black plastic grip that is supposed to hold the tail rotor blades in place can separate from the helicopter, “posing a risk of a crash and injury hazard,” the CPSC said.

The affected products are the Blade 500 X BNF, Blade 500 3D BNF and Blade 500 3D RTF Remote Controlled Model Helicopters with model numbers BLH 1800, BLH 1800M1, BLH 1850 and BLH 4080. The helicopters are about 33.5 inches long and weigh about 4 pounds, and their prices range from $600 to $900.

Consumers are urged to stop using the affected helicopters and contact Horizon Hobby at 877-504-0233 or here for a replacement tail grip and installation instructions.

The helicopters were made by Shenzen Shen’s Tongchuang Aeronautic Model Co. in China and imported by Horizon Hobby of Champaign, Ill.

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