Drone-maker GoPro issued major recall order for Karma drones on Tuesday. According to a company’s representative, GoPro has decided to call back 2,500 Karma drones following multiple complaints coming from drone owners.
When asked about what prompted this radical move on their behalf, the representative argued that the Karma drones are being recalled because of ‘unexpected power loss’ issue. Unfortunately, in reality, the problem is even worse, however well the company tried to sugarcoat it.
Not only are the Karma drones crashing unexpectedly during mid-flight, but no one is able to figure what where the problem originates. However, one or two owners complaining about their drones going haywire is not a good enough reason to take such action.
So, what’s going on? Well, YouTube, our bottomless well of amusement, reveals countless of videos posted by Karma drone owners. In each instance, the drone would take off and fly around any issues.
In fact, the drone owners who upload the videos on YouTube recalled that the drones were responding correctly to controls and that they weren’t outside the remote’s operating range. However, as we can see in each video, the unexpected happens.
The drone’s rotors simply freeze, sending the drone in an uncontrollable descent. Fortunately, no one was hurt during these incidents. However, in one instance, a faulty drone crashed not far from a group of people minding their own business.
Although the Karma drones weight a little more over one kilogram, you don’t want to stay under it when it crashes. Even such a lightweight drone can cause severe injuries.
After reviewing the videos which clearly demonstrates that there’s something terribly wrong with the drone’s power source, the drone-maker decided to recall them for the safety of the customers.
Up to this day, the company offered no plausible explanation as to the unexpected power loss, only that it will be looked into.
Even more baffling in the fact is that the Karma drones are outfitted with safeguards, specially designed for this type of situation. For example, most mid-range drones have an RTH mode (Return Home Mode) which allows the user to bring the drone to its initial take-off position. Now, the same function should also kick in when there’s unexpected power loss or if the batteries are low.
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