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October 1998 Vol. 13, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Alert Nikonos SB-103 Recall

from the October, 1998 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Nikon, Inc., announced that it is voluntarily recalling all Nikonos Speedlight Model SB-103 electronic flashes. Gas buildup within the unit could result in the front lens and flash tube unit, along with the rubberized ring holding them in place, projecting off the front of the speedlight. Nikon says it has one report of a possible problem in the United States with no injuries reported.

The Nikonos SB-103 Speedlights were distributed through dive retailers between1984 and 1994 and sold at retail for approximately $350. The SB-103 has subsequently been replaced by the SB-105, which features different construction and poses no similar risk.

Divers should immediately stop using the Nikonos SB-103. Nikon is offering owners of the SB-103 free replacement of their speedlight body with a Nikonos SB-105 body, with its advanced features, as supplies are available. We have no word yet as to how long this may take.

Nikonos SB-103 owners in the USA can arrange for a replacement:

1. Ship your Nikonos SB-103 Speedlight body, insured (minimum of $100), to the following address: Nikon Inc.
19601 Hamilton Avenue
Torrance, California 90502-1309
Attention: Nikonos SB-103 Return

2. Include your name, address, and telephone number, and the address to which you would like the replacement body shipped (if it differs from your home address). It is not necessary to ship cables, brackets, or batteries - only the Nikonos SB-103 body itself.

See http://www.nikonusa.com/sb103 for further information, or call Nikon, toll-free, 6 A.M. - 4 P.M. PDT, Monday-Friday, at 1-800-645- 6687. Owners outside the USA should consult with the Nikon distributor/importer in their country -- see http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/eng/news/recall-sb103-e_98.htm for further details.

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