March 14, 2006

Olympus Recalls Film Cameras for Overheating, Poses Burn Hazard

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.

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.

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 firmís Web site at http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_recall.asp