Potential Short Circuit Prompts Radio Control Truck Recall from Traxxas

About 4,900 trucks and 140 separate speed controls are included in the recall

Potential Short Circuit Prompts Radio Control Truck Recall from Traxxas
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June 2, 2016

Traxxas has announced a recall for a radio control truck that may pose a hazard to consumers.

The company is recalling its X-Maxx Monster Trucks and VXL-6 electronic speed controls. Vehicle modification or electronic failure can result in a short circuit, posing a fire hazard. About 4,900 trucks and 140 speed controls are included in the recall.

The manufacturer has received 40 reports of fire. One injury to a finger has been reported.

The recalled VXL-6s electronic speed control #3365 is sold installed in the Traxxas X-Maxx Monster Truck, model 77076-04, and is also sold separately. The electronic speed control is the electronic control module that manages the throttle control (speed), directional control (forward or reverse), and braking of the drive motor in the truck. The truck is 30 inches long, 22 inches wide and four inches above the ground. The truck comes in red and blue and weighs approximately 20 pounds. Traxxas X-Maxx is displayed on the side of the truck.

The items could be purchased at HobbyTown and other hobby stores and Traxxas dealers nationwide from November 2015 through January 2016. The X-Maxx truck sold for about $840. The electronic speed control sold for about $250.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trucks and return their electronic speed control to their dealer for a free firmware upgrade and installation of a new fusible link. Alternatively, consumers can contact Traxxas customer support for upgrades or replacement.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact Traxxas at (888) 872-9927.