Olympus has issued its first recall on a product for its VG-170 compact digital camera because its body may emit a mild electric shock during use, when operating the zoom lever or shutter button. Due to this mild shock, consumers may experience slight numbness in their fingertips.


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The camera was sold between February 2012 and October 2012 at all camera stores, nationally.

Customers are advised to send their VG-170 in to Olympus Repairs Service Centre. Ground Floor, 82 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113, Australia.

In a statement to the ACCC, Olympus Corporation stated, “Thank you for your continued support of Olympus, and we hope you have captured many great moments with our products. It has come to our attention that there is a possibility that a part of the VG-170 body might emit a mild electric shock during usage. However, this only affects a small number of units.

“Due to this mild shock, you may experience slight numbness in your fingertips, but it is not strong enough to affect the user severely. For your safety, we would like to offer you a complimentary inspection and repair. Your patience and understanding of this matter is appreciated. We will do our utmost best to ensure the quality of our products for your use.”