Hewlett-Packard announced a voluntary recall of HP Photosmart R707 Digital Cameras. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
HP sold About 224,000 (about 679,000 worldwide) cameras from August 2004 through April 2006.
The digital camera can cause certain non-rechargeable batteries, such as the Duracell CP-1, to overheat when the camera is connected to an AC adapter or docking station, posing a fire hazard. HP has received one report of a camera catching fire, damaging the camera and its docking station, and causing minor smoke damage to the room. No injuries have been reported.
HP developed a firmware update that prevents the camera from applying a charge to a non-rechargeable battery. Consumers can download this update or contact HP directly. HP asks users not to use single-use, non-rechargeable batteries until the firmware has been updated. Consumers are encouraged to update the firmware even if they do not use or intend to use a non-rechargeable battery.