March 14, 2006

Olympus recalls 1.2 million film cameras in US

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. subsidiary of Japanese camera maker Olympus Corp. and U.S. regulators said on Tuesday that about 1.2 million 35-millimeter film cameras are being recalled to fix an overheating problem with the flash circuit.

The circuit can cause the camera to overheat and produce smoke when the camera is on, posing a burn hazard, according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Olympus has received 21 reports of the malfunction but no injuries, the regulator's statement said.

The cameras, sold across the U.S. between 1989 and 1995, include the Infinity Twin, AF-1 Twin, Infinity Zoom 200 series, AZ 200 series, and Quantary Infinity Zoom 222 Olympus-brand 35-mm film cameras.

Olympus is advising consumers to stop using the cameras and contact Olympus for a repair kit.