GoPro issues recall of Karma drone, in-flight power loss leads to crashes

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Sports camera and drone manufacturer GoPro has issued a recall of the recently released Karma drone, after only 16 days on the market.




"Safety is our top priority," said GoPro Founder and Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman in statement detailing the recall. "A very small number of Karma owners have reported incidents of power failure during operation.

The $799 Karma base package was revealed on Sept. 19, and includes the drone and a handheld gimbal attachment, but does not include the required?GoPro Hero4 or 5. A bundle with the Hero5 Session costs $999, while a version with the standard GoPro Hero5 retails for $1,099.

GoPro says that it has sold 2,500 units of the drone, and customers possessing one can return it to GoPro or the original place of purchase for a full refund. Replacement units are not being offered at this time.

The company has no estimate when shipments of the drone will resume.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    This type of thing happens when you go outside your area of expertise...
    zroger731st
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Ohhh, that's cute:)
  • Reply 3 of 9
    davendaven Posts: 525member
    Bad Karma?
    MacPro
  • Reply 4 of 9
    The safety hazard drone pose can be avoided if the industry will standarize the use of drone parachutes. One amazing example in the drone parachute made by Parazero for consumer and commercial drones - www.Parazero.com
  • Reply 5 of 9
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,378member
    This type of thing happens when you go outside your area of expertise...
    Yeah, look at what happened to Apple when they started dabbling with MP3 players and mobile phones.
    macgui
  • Reply 6 of 9
    holyoneholyone Posts: 388member
    mpantone said:
    This type of thing happens when you go outside your area of expertise...
    Yeah, look at what happened to Apple when they started dabbling with MP3 players and mobile phones.
    Yeah what a complete disaster that was ;) on the other hand perhaps calling the thing KARMA was just asking for it, irony ? :D
    coolfactor
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Karma's a bitch
    coolfactorMacPro
  • Reply 8 of 9
    I still find the use-case for drones -- beyond its cuteness and novelty -- to be minimal (Amazon et. al notwithstanding; it falls into the same category as driverless cars in terms of how close its use as a logistics device is to happening on a wide scale).
  • Reply 9 of 9
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    daven said:
    Bad Karma?
    Whoever down voted the most obvious joke possible has zero sense of humor.  ;)
    macgui
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