Nikon Inc. of Melville, NY has issued a recall for about 5100 Nikon-brand digital SLR camera battery packs manufactured in Japan and China. The U.S. recall is part of a worldwide recall of nearly 200,000 camera battery packs.
The company says that the battery packs can short circuit, causing them to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Nikon has received seven reports outside of the U.S. of the battery packs overheating, but there have been no incidents reported in the U.S. and no reports of injuries.
The recalled battery packs were sold with Nikon digital SLR cameras in camera, office supply and mass merchandise stores nationwide, and through various catalogs and websites from in March and April 2012 for between $1000 and $3000.