Traxxas is recalling its X-Maxx Monster Trucks and VXL-6 electronic speed controls because vehicle modification or electronic failure can result in a short circuit, posing a fire hazard. The company has received 40 reports of fire, including one injury to a finger.
The trucks were manufactured in Taiwan and 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 and the electronic speed control sold for about $250. The recall includes 4,900 X-Maxx Monster Trucks and 140 VXL-6s electronic speed controls. The electronic speed control is sold installed in the Traxxas X-Maxx Monster Truck, model 77076-04, and is also sold separately. It manages the throttle control (speed), directional control (forward or reverse) and braking of the truck’s drive motor. The truck is 30 inches long and comes in red and blue. It weighs approximately 20 pounds. Traxxas XMaxx is displayed on its side.
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.