In the quest to improve your photography, many of you have made the switch from film to digital cameras in recent years. However, how often do you check into the manufacturers website to see if the camera software and firmware has been updated, or in some cases the product or accessories have been recalled.
Recently, Nikon announced just such a recall on their rechargeable lithium ion battery packs. Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers.
There have only been four confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality. We are asking that owners of the affected battery packs return them to Nikon Inc. for a free replacement.
The Nikon EN-EL3 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon's digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 cameras. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon's model number 26265. The EN-EL3 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in May 2004 and is still being sold at retail. EN-EL3 battery packs marked "made in Japan" are not affected by this recall. If your EN-EL3 battery pack does not have a lot number as indicated, please note this is not a genuine Nikon product and should not be used.
Owners of those model cameras affected should go to the Nikon website located at to see if your battery pack has been recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is also a good source of information on various types of product recalls. For the past thirty years, they have been the consumer’s guardians. There are several very good articles about CO detectors, and portable generators on their website; you can find them at . You can also listen to podcasts and review videos of commission findings. You can also get on their email list to receive timely product warnings.