Wednesday, June 07, 2006

NON VoIP News: HP recalls digital cameras for fire hazard

Slow VoIP News day...so I thought I would do this kind of a public service announcement. Besides it's not every day cameras catch fire!!!

By Ben Ames, IDG News Service

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recalled more than half a million digital cameras, citing the risk of a fire hazard from an overheated battery.


HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., learned of the problem when a customer complained that his Photosmart R707 digital camera had caught fire while plugged into its docking station, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.


The flames damaged the camera and filled the room with smoke, but the customer was not injured.


The problem is caused by a mistake in the camera's firmware that kicks in when the device is plugged into an AC adapter or docking station, and attempts to charge non-rechargeable batteries such as the Duracell CP-1, HP said.

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