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Recall Corner: Lenovo, Nikon, Wal-Mart & Asda
In the first of a new series, there are three companies standing in the Recall Corner: Lenovo, Nikon and Wal-Mart.
Lenovo has issued a battery recall for some ThinkPad models, from the T60, T61, R60, R61, X60 and X61 ranges. Note that this is not a safety recall and the affected models do not pose a safety hazard. The problem is with battery operation, with “irreparable damage or battery cannot be charged error messages from Power Manager or Message Center,” reports Lenovo. Handily, there is a diagnostic app for download from the company’s website to help identify whether your own power pack is affected.
Next up is Nikon, which has issued a second recall for its D5000 DSLR camera, reports Engadget. Details are sparse, but involve:
- The camera cannot be operated when the power switch is on, even with a fully-charged battery.
- The camera cannot be operated with the EH-5a AC Adapter connected through the EP-5 Power Connector and the power switch on.
In their advisory, Nikon states:
“Nikon has isolated the issues related to this and has effectively resolved them. Preparations have been made at a special Nikon repair facility to streamline the processes associated with the solution.”
Finally, and most seriously, Wal-Mart (and Asda) are recalling Durabrand DVD players sold between January 2006 and July 2009 (pictured). This follows 12 reported cases of overheating, five of which apparently caused fires (no injuries reported, however). In the voluntary product recall notice, the hazard is described by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as : “The DVD players can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.” (Incidentally, Asda also recalled Durabrand XB2316 microwaves back in February 2008 for overheating, according to Google’s cache.)