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Olympus recalls VG 170 Digital Cameras

Starting date:
August 13, 2015
Posting date:
August 13, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Electrical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Olympus VG 170 Digital Cameras

Product description

The recall involves the Olympus VG-170 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras. The VG-170 measures about 10 x 6.3 x 2.5 cm, weighs 145 g and comes in white, black or red. "VG 170" is printed on the top of the camera, on the side opposite the shutter button. "Olympus" is printed on the upper right hand corner of the front of the camera,"5 X Wide" is printed on lower left hand corner of the front of the camera. The camera has a 7.6 cm digital LCD screen on the back.

Hazard identified

An improperly installed part can touch the camera's circuit board, posing an electric shock to the user.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these cameras.

Olympus has received 3 reports of electric shock from consumers in Japan and Europe.

Number sold

Approximately 177 units were sold in Canada and 1,200 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled product was sold from February 2012 to April 2015 through club member awards and incentive catalogues.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Olympus America Inc.
Center Valley
Olympus Corporation

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital camera and contact Olympus for a free inspection and repair.

Consumers may contact Olympus at (800) 622-6372 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online and click on "Support by Product" under "Support" and information is listed on the right hand side.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.