Estes-Cox Model Rockets
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: X-15 Flying Model Rockets
Units: About 80,000
Manufacturer: Estes-Cox Corp., of Penrose, Colo.
Hazard: The model rocket's side or engine retainer ring can separate and
cause the rocket to fall without the nose cone separating and the
parachute deploying, posing a risk of an impact injury to nearby
Incidents/Injuries: Estes-Cox has received seven reports of the side or
engine retainer ring separating and the nose and parachute failing to
release and 25 reports of the retainer ring being lost during flight,
including one report that a consumer was struck in the arm, requiring
Description: This recall involves the X-15 flying model rocket, a 1:44
scale version of the North American Aviation hypersonic rocket plane.
The model rockets are about 13.5-inches long and have a wingspan of
about 5 inches. The rockets are black and yellow, and have the number
66670 on the tail. The rockets were sold individually (item #1890) and
as part of a starter kit (item #1412). The item number is printed on the
product's instruction sheet and above the bar code on the product's
Sold at: Hobby stores and other retailers nationwide from June 2005
through July 2007 for between $16 and $36.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled rockets immediately and
contact Estes-Cox for instructions on receiving a replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Estes-Cox at (800)
576-5811 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit
the firm's Web site.
To see a picture of the recalled product(s) visit the CPSC's web site.
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