GoPro has shocked its thousands of fans worldwide after the company decided to recall more than 2,000 Karma drone models from the market.
Beginning with Tuesday, GoPro, the famous drone-maker recalled 2,500 Karma drone to HQ. The reason behind this radical move is somewhat of a mystery. A GoPro representative argued that the move was necessary, as many Karma models were subjected to an unexpected power loss.
What does that really mean? Is it a design defect? Most GoPro Karma drone users tend to think so. Over the past couple of days, may Karma owners have posted various clips on YouTube, in an attempt to explain the company’s shocking gesture.
So, according to the videos and comments, it would seem that the real reason behind the mass recall is that the GoPro Karma drone is simply too dangerous to be flown around the city. More specifically, during mid-flight, the drone’s rotors simply freeze, sending the drone into a dangerous descent.
One of these YouTube clips managed to capture the flaw. So, a GoPro Karma drone owner decides to take his quad outside for a little spin.
The drone’s battery was fully charged, and, last he checked, there was nothing wrong with the signal, nor there was something that interfered with the transmission.
The drone takes off without any issues, performs a couple of loops in the air. No problem here. However, during the flight, something happens. The drone’s rotors simply stop moving, and the drone crashes.
As mentioned before, there was no loss of signal, the battery was full, and the drone was within transmission range. Still, the did encounter an unexpected power loss, which made the pilot lose control.
Fortunately, the drone crashed in opened field. However, another video shows that a Karma drone crashed very close to a group of people. Still, no one was injured in the incident.
As to the nature of the electrical failure, the company did not release any statements. However, GoPro decided to recall over 2,500 drones as a precautionary measure.
So, if you’re the proud owner of a GoPro Karma drone, you can now return to the retailer. Meanwhile, the company is trying to figure out what went wrong with the drone, and possible to sort out this problem.
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