November 9, 2005: Nikon has announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program for certain Nikon EN-EL3 lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for Nikon Digital SLR cameras, sold in Australia between August 2004 and October 2005.
On rare occasions, the battery may overheat causing the battery to become deformed or, in the worst possible case, to catch fire. It should be emphasised that there is no recorded case in the possession of the Australian Nikon distributor of such battery failure in Australia. This recall results from experiences in a very small number of cases overseas.
EN-EL3 batteries were an included accessory for Nikon D100, D70 and D50 Digital-SLR cameras or as individual batteries sold principally through specialist photo retailers, department stores and consumer electronic chains. Importantly, some of these products may have been purchased overseas while travelling, or through the Internet. If your genuine Nikon EN-EL3 battery has a 4 digit production lot number beginning with 44A, 46A, 47A, 48A, 49A, 4AA, 4BA, 4CA, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and an email with further instructions will be sent to you. If you do not have web access, call the Nikon Battery replacement Hotline on 1-800-810-259 (free call) (9.00am-4.30pm AEDST weekdays) to verify whether or not your battery is among those being recalled.
Note: This recall does NOT apply to EN-EL3a or EN-EL3e batteries or any third party batteries purchased by consumers, which do not bear the Nikon brand name or model number. The product name EN-EL3 is on a seal placed on the bottom of the battery (ie the surface covered by the terminal cover) and the production lot number is printed in the centre groove on the same surface. Camera owners who own one of the recalled batteries will be provided with a replacement battery at no cost.