February 10, 1999Kodak Recalls AC Adapters for
Rochester, NY (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Eastman Kodak Company is voluntarily
recalling 120,000 AC adapters for use with certain Kodak digital cameras. When the
connector plug of the AC adapter is not fully inserted in the camera, the batteries in the
camera can overheat to a high temperature. This can cause the batteries to leak acid and
explode, possibly causing thermal and chemical burns or lacerations to consumers.
Kodak is aware of three reports of the batteries in these cameras overheating and rapidly
discharging the battery's contents while using these recalled adapters, including one
report of a consumer suffering minor injuries when a battery's content ejected from the
camera onto his face and hand.
These AC adapters were manufactured by ELPAC Electronics Inc., of Irvine, Calif. They were
sold separately as optional accessories for use with Kodak digital cameras and authorized
for use by Kodak. These AC adapters have model numbers 2534, 2457, MI2008 and M42008. The
brand name and model numbers can be found on labels affixed to the adapters. These AC
adapters have angled or tapered connector tips. ELPAC models 2534 and M42008 have an
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label. The Kodak digital cameras that use these AC adapters
have model numbers CD25, DC40, DC50 and DC120. The model number and "Kodak" are
written on the front of the cameras. Only the ELPAC AC adapter is being recalled, and not
the Kodak cameras.
Department, electronic, computer and camera stores, as well as mail-order and web
retailers sold these AC adapters nationwide from March 1996 to August 1998 for between $40
A recalled ELPAC AC adapter with an angled connector tip (left)and the replacement ELPAC
AC adapter (right).
Consumers should immediately stop using the AC adapter with these digital cameras when
they contain batteries. Kodak will replace, free of charge, these recalled ELPAC AC
adapters with redesigned, UL-listed ELPAC AC adapters. To receive a postage-paid mailer to
return your AC adapter, or for more information, contact Kodak toll-free at (888) 404-3711
between 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. EST seven days a week. Consumers also can contact Kodak online
If you purchased an AC adapter with an angled or tapered connector tip that was not
authorized to be used by Kodak, it should not be used with these digital cameras. Kodak is
not replacing AC adapters it did not authorized for use.
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