|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2006
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 480-1247
Name of Product: Various Olympus-Brand 35mm Film Cameras
Units: About 1.2 million (in the U.S.)
Manufacturer: Olympus America Inc., of Melville, N.Y.
Hazard: A defect with the flash circuit in these cameras can cause it to smoke and overheat when the camera is turned on. This poses a possible burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Olympus America Inc. has received 21 reports of camera or flash circuitry overheating in the U.S. with no reports of injuries.
Description: The recall includes the Infinity Twin, AF-1 Twin, Infinity Zoom 200 series, AZ 200 series, and Quantary Infinity Zoom 222 Olympus-brand 35mm film cameras. The model name is printed on the face of the camera. These cameras have a built-in flash.
Sold at: Department, electronic and camera stores, and mail-order retailers nationwide from January 1989 through December 1995 for between $220 and $365.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these cameras and contact Olympus for information on receiving the free repair for this defect.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Olympus at (800) 480-1247 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or go to the firm's Web site at www.olympusamerica.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.