Traxxas LP of McKinney, Texas, is recalling about 5,000
X-Maxx Monster Trucks and 140 VXL-6 electronic speed controls in the U.S. and Canada.
Vehicle modification or electronic failure can result in a short circuit, posing a fire hazard.
The company 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 4 inches above the ground and comes in red and blue. It weighs approximately 20 pounds. The electronic speed control is located near the center of the truck in a vented blue case approximately 2 inches wide, 2 inches long and 2 inches tall. Traxxas XMaxx is displayed on the side of the truck.
The trucks and speed controls, manufactured in Taiwan, were sold 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.
What to do
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, or contact Traxxas customer support to return the electronic speed control and have a firmware upgrade and free fusible link installation.
Consumers may contact: Traxxas toll-free at 888-872-9927 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday or online at www.Traxxas.com, then click on “Support” and then “Repair-Exchange” for more information.