If you purchased a Nikon D800 or D700 DSLR earlier this year, you should know that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as Health Canada, announced today that the cameras’ battery packs are now part of a voluntary recall. The reason? They’re a potential burn hazard.
No injuries have been reported, but Nikon says it has received seven reports outside of North America of battery packs overheating, which can result in them melting and causing injuries. The recall includes 5,100 batteries in the US, 1,100 in Canada, and an additional 195,000 worldwide. It’s nice to see a company take initial reports seriously, rather than waiting for one of these packs to seriously hurt someone.
If you think your battery pack is eligible for a replacement, Nikon asks that you remove it from your camera and contact the company directly for your free new battery pack.
More recall details here.