Eastman Kodak Company is recalling all of its Model DC5000 Digital Cameras due to a manufacturing defect. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the camera can deliver an electrical shock to users when they are changing the batteries, connecting the camera to a computer cable, or installing or removing the memory card. The recall affects all 75,000 Model DC5000 digital cameras sold from June 2000 to August 2002. The camera has a durable outside case that is covered with a significant amount of metal, which makes it ideal for use in rugged conditions by engineers, backpackers, and construction companies. The defect in the camera is reported to be a small wire that can cause a short circuit, which can then be conducted through the outside metal case as an electrical shock to the user holding the camera.
There have been 12 reported cases of users being shocked, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that none of these caused serious injuries. Kodak advised users to stop using the DC5000 digital camera immediately, and has set up a toll free number, 1-888-793-2977, for users to call for return and repair instructions. Kodak said that it would pay for the costs of shipping and any necessary repairs needed to the camera.