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Kodak deals with explosive issue

Kodak recalls 120,000 adapters for its digital cameras after a few customers reported that they caused batteries to overheat and in one case caused the camera to explode.

Some Kodak digital cameras may be too hot to handle--literally.

Eastman Kodak voluntarily ordered a recall of 120,000 AC adapters for some of its digital cameras after a few customers reported that the adapters caused batteries to overheat and leak acid, and in one case caused the camera to explode.

"Kodak is aware of three reports of the batteries in these cameras overheating and rapidly discharging a battery's contents while using these recalled adapters," Kodak said in a statement. "Including one report of a consumer suffering minor injuries when a battery's content ejected from the camera onto his face and hand."

The problem occurs when the connector plug of the adapter is not fully inserted into the camera, causing the camera batteries to overheat, according to the company. The issue only affects AC adapters for cameras no longer on the market, according to Carl Holec, an imaging analyst at ARS.

Kodak is voluntarily recalling the AC adapters with model number 2534, 2457, MI2008, and M42008."Consumers should immediately stop using the AC adapter with these digital cameras when they contain batteries. Kodak will replace, free of charge, these recalled...adapters," according to the company's statement.

The adapters were sold from March 1996 to August 1998.

These adapters are used with Kodak's DC25, DC40, DC50, and DC120 digital cameras." The latest [camera affected] has been gone for several months," Holec said. "Any product bought over the last several months does not have this issue."

Kodak's exploding cameras are probably the first digital camera accessories to be hit by this problem, according to Holec, who says the problem is "somewhat unusual."

"I haven't heard of any major issues with this [before]," he said, noting that the company should be lauded for quickly dealing with the problem. "Yes, cameras exploding is definitely a problem, but it doesn't sound like this was widespread, and Kodak is working to nip it in the bud."