Nikon USA said in a statement that a circuit problem in certain units could cause the battery compartment of the Coolpix 2000 to overheat. Temperatures could get high enough to cause parts of the camera's plastic case to melt.
The recall affects cameras with serial numbers between 3010001 and 3060980 and between 3510001 and 3561916.
Customers with affected cameras should remove the batteries and contact Nikon at (800) 645-6687 or by e-mail at cr.Nikon@attglobal.net to arrange return of the camera.
While never one of the top-selling brands, Nikon cameras have won a loyal following among professional photographers and serious hobbyists. The company's reputation was tarnished late last year, however, when it had toof its $1,100 Coolpix 5000 camera. In certain conditions, the camera became crippled if the owner switched it on without removing the lens cap first.
in May, the Coolpix 2000 was an early attempt by Nikon to produce an entry-level digital camera, with simplified user controls and modest price of $250.