Horizon Hobby Recalls Losi NiMH Battery Charger Due to Possible Burn and Fire Hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–October 20, 2011.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Losi NiMH Start-Up Combo Charger

Units: About 975 in U.S. and 25 in Canada

Importer: Horizon Hobby Inc., of Champaign, Ill.

Hazard: The charger and battery can emit excessive heat, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Horizon Hobby has received eight reports of the batteries emitting excessive heat. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Losi NiMH Start-Up Combo Charger is black, measures 4” x 2” and has model number LOSB9904. The model number is printed on the back of the product’s packaging with the bar code. A Losi logo sticker is on the front of the charger, along with another sticker bearing the instruction: “Use only with 7.2V NiMH Batteries 1500mAh or higher.” On the back of the charger is a sticker with voltage and current ratings for input (100-240VAC, 1.0A) and output (8.5V, 3A) along with another Losi logo.

Sold at: Hobby stores nationwide gave the battery chargers away free or for a small charge with a purchase, depending on the retailer from January 2011 to March 2011.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using this product and contact Horizon Hobby for a refund of the retail value.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Horizon Hobby toll-free at (877) 504-0233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Saturday and between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday or visit the website at

Picture of recalled Battery and Charger

Battery Charger

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on