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Westminster Recalls Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys

Westminster Inc. has recalled about 102,000 "Thunder Wolf" remote controlled indoor helicopter toys. The rechargeable battery inside the helicopter can overheat and result in the helicopter's body melting, as well as a risk of fire or burns to consumers. Westminster Inc. has received seven reports of overheating and/or melting of the helicopter, including one report of flames and two reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The "Thunder Wolf" remote-controlled indoor helicopter is made of foam and plastic, and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches. "TW0996" is printed on the tail of the helicopter and was sold in multiple accent colors. The helicopter comes with a controller and a separate charger. Only helicopters that do not have "Made in China" stamped on the underside of the helicopter are subject to the recall.

These toys were manufactured in China and sold at retail stores nationwide from June 2007 through December 2007 for about $20. Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact Westminster Inc. for a refund. Retailers will not accept returns or provide a refund.

For additional information, contact Westminster Inc. at (800) 618-0023 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET Friday; visit the company's Web site at; or send an e-mail to

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