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Safety Alert

Olympus Recalls Digital Audio Recorders Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Olympus DS-5500 digital audio recorders

Hazard: The recalled recorders can overheat when charging, posing a burn hazard to consumers and property.

Remedy: Repair, Refund, Replace

Consumer Contact: Olympus Imaging America Inc., at (800) 622-6372 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.getolympus.com and click on "Repair Your Product" under the "Support" tab for more information.

Units: About 500

Description: This recall involves Olympus digital audio recorders with model number DS-5500. The recorders are black, measure about 4.5 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by .67 inches thick. "Olympus" and "Digital Voice Recorder DS-5500" are printed on the front of the recorder. The recorder has three smart buttons, slide switches, edit functions, 2 GB of memory, an external SD card slot and a 1.7 inch LCD display on the front.

Incidents/Injuries: Olympus has received three reports of the recorders overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recorders immediately and contact Olympus, or the retailer where the recorder was purchased, to receive a full refund, free repair or a free replacement recorder.

Sold at: Camera and electronics stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from February 2014 through June 2014 for about $450.

Manufacturer: Olympus Imaging America Inc., of Center Valley, Pa.

Manufactured in: China