Way to break news on Election Day.
The award for biggest attempt to bury bad news on the night of what might be the most important Election Day in history goes to GoPro.
The sporty camera company issued a recall for its new drone today, asking customers to return the product for a full refund.
GoPro only started selling its new $799 Karma at the end of October, after stirring anticipation for the quadcopter back in September. Approximately 2,500 units have been sold, according to The Verge. GoPro is requesting that all units be returned for the recall.
“The recall was announced after we discovered that in a small number of cases, Karma units lost power during operation,” the company wrote on the drone recall page of its website. But if a drone can power down when it’s in use, that means it can power down while it’s flying. That’s terrifying.
For now, customers are being asked to return their drone to get a full refund.
Karma was supposed to be a competitor to DJI’s Mavic Pro, another foldable quadcopter. But the Mavic Pro is also experiencing setbacks. People who preordered the Mavic Pro expected their new drone to ship in October, but the company issued a statement saying that some preorders won’t ship now for another seven to eight weeks.
GoPro stock dipped 20 percent earlier this month after not meeting its third-quarter expectations, and after the recall announcement, it dropped 9 percent in after-hours trading.