Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Power Functions IR Speed Remote Control - Recall

Many of you, should have noticed that the new PF IR Speed Remote Control, released last April, was meanwhile made unavailable for purchasing from S@H. Either as an isolated element (8879) or as part of the Emerald Night (10194) Train Kits (K10194, K8882).
This was due to an identified potential hazard, and the new units where the problem got fixed, should be made available again, later this August.

The Product is now being Recalled for substitution, in case it fails.

Below the explanation released by TLG at their Product Recalls page, from Customer Service.

"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 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.

Now lets see if my exemplar is one of those overheating, or if I can continue to play with it.

Thanks Edward (Pe-ads) for pointing out the explantion, I was lacking already for some time.


Lego Adam (Cagri) said...

Thanks a lot Conchas & Edward, I got mine weeks ago but never tried yet. I'll see if works properly tonight..

TechnicBRICKs said...

I've tested mine and found it no faulty! ;)

JAMS said...

Spicey Meatballs!

Lego Adam (Cagri) said...

I just rode my train for a while, there is no heating problem with my remote. The big red button on the elft doesn't work though :( I'm not sure if it's worth returning ...

Parax said...

wondered why it had disappeard from S@H was just told it was out of stock and would be back in August... Hopefully when the 20" PF wires arrive. I cant believe its taken so long!

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