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September 10, 1998

Release # 98-167
CONTACT: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188

Nikon Inc., Announces Underwater Flash Recalls

Nikon Inc., Announces Underwater Flash RecallsProduct: Underwater Flash Units - Nikon Inc., of Melville, N.Y., is recalling about 29,900 Nikonos Speedlight Model SB-103 amphibious high-performance electronic flash unit bodies. Dive retailers sold these Nikonos SB-103 Speedlights between November 1984 and October 1994 for about $350.

Problem: Gas buildup within the unit can cause the front lens and flash tube unit, along with the rubberized ring holding them in place, to propel off the front of the Speedlight.

Incidents/Injuries: Nikon has received one report of the lens propelling from the Speedlight flash. No injuries were reported. Nikon also is aware of 12 other incidents which occurred outside the United States, but no injuries have been reported.

What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the Nikonos SB-103 Speedlight. Nikon will replace the model SB-103 body with a Nikonos SB-105 Speedlight body free of charge. For more information, contact Nikon at (800) 645-6687 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m PDT Monday through Friday.

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