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Safety Warning Recall of Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3 for Nikon D-SLR Cameras

Nikon has detected that on rare occasions some Li-ion batteries (type EN-EL3) for Nikon Digital SLR cameras may become defective, resulting in overheating during recharging. Nikon initiates a recall / replacement program for EN-EL3 batteries produced between May and September 2004. The EN-EL3 is included with the D100, D70 and D50 digital SLR cameras.
Update: Nikon has added omitted lot numbers to the list of recalled EN-EL3 batteries...

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Safety Warning Recall of Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3 for Nikon D-SLR Cameras - digital camera and photography newsUpdated: EU Notice on the Nikon EN-EL3 Serial Numbers

Updated: US Notice on the Nikon EN-EL3 Serial Numbers


Through strict quality control procedures Nikon has detected that on rare occasions some rechargeable Li-ion batteries of the type EN-EL3 for Nikon Digital SLR cameras may become defective, resulting in overheating during recharging. Investigations have clarified that the cause of the defect is not a design fault, but has resulted from a problem in a manufacturing process that occurred during the production of this battery type between May and September 2004. In the interests of its customers and as a reflection of Nikon's commitment to safety and product quality, the company has initiated a voluntary recall and replacement program of all EN-EL3 batteries manufactured during this period. The EN-EL3 is provided as a supplied accessory with the D100, D70 and D50 Digital SLR cameras. It is also sold as a separate accessory for these camera models, and can be used in the Nikon D70s.

To date, Nikon has received notification of five occurrences of defective batteries worldwide of which two have been in Europe. No cases of personal injury have been reported; however, the overheating has caused damage to adjacent material during the recharging process, and further use is not advised. Batteries that bear a manufacturing batch identification (see diagram) found in the list below should be returned to Nikon for replacement. Instructions on how to apply for a replacement battery are given below.
December 6, 2005
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