Voluntary Recall for the EN-EL3 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (update 03/06/2014)

As announced on November 8, 2005, we implemented a voluntary recall and replacement program for applicable EN-EL3 rechargeable batteries. However, we have not yet collected all of the applicable batteries.

Therefore, we ask that you read the following announcement, and check your EN-EL3 to see if it is one of those affected by the issue indicated. If it is, please contact customer support.

Announcement November 8th 2005
Owners of the Nikon cameras D100, D70 and D50 and users of the Li-ion battery EN-EL3 are asked to carefully recheck their batteries as additional lot numbers were included into the list of possibly defective batteries.

Additional lot numbers to be checked are (51AA, 51AB, 51AC, 51AD, 51AE, 51AF, 51AG, 51AH, 53AA, 53AB, 54AE, 54AF, 54AH). If your battery has one of these lot numbers then follow the instructions below.
Customer Care Notice
Through strict quality control procedures, Nikon has detected that on rare occasions some rechargeable Li-ion batteries of the type EN-EL3 for Nikon Digital SLR cameras may become defective, resulting in overheating during recharging. Investigations have clarified that the cause of the defect is not a design fault, but has resulted from a problem in a manufacturing process that occurred during the production of this battery type for a certain period of time only.

In the interests of its customers and as a reflection of Nikon’s commitment to safety and product quality, the company has initiated a voluntary recall and replacement program of all EN-EL3 batteries manufactured during this period. The EN-EL3 is provided as a supplied accessory with the D100, D70 and D50 Digital SLR cameras. It is also sold as a separate accessory for these camera models and can be used in the Nikon D70s.

To date, Nikon has received notification of five occurrences of defective batteries worldwide of which four could be confirmed as being the result of the described defect. No cases of personal injury have been reported; however, the overheating has caused damage to adjacent material during the recharging process, and further use is not advised. Batteries that bear a manufacturing batch identification (see diagram) found in the list below should be returned to Nikon for replacement. Instructions on how to apply for a replacement battery are given below.
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If your battery has one of the following batch numbers it should be returned to Nikon for replacement. 

First 3 digitsRecall Lot Numbers
44A-
44AC
46A-
46AC, 46AD, 46AE, 46AF, 46AG, 46AH, 46AI, 46AJ, 46AK, 46AL, 46AM, 46AN, 46AO, 46AP, 46AQ, 46AT, 46AU, 46AV, 46AW, 46AX, 46AY
47A-
47AA, 47AB, 47AC, 47AD, 47AE, 47AF, 47AG, 47AH, 47AI, 47AJ, 47AK, 47AL, 47AM, 47AN, 47AO, 47AP, 47AQ, 47AR, 47AS, 47AU, 47AV, 47AW, 47AX, 47AY
48A-
48AA, 48AB, 48AC, 48AD, 48AE, 48AF, 48AG, 48AH, 48AI, 48AJ, 48AK, 48AL 
49A-
49AA, 49AB, 49AC, 49AD, 49AE, 49AF, 49AG, 49AH, 49AI, 49AJ, 49AK, 49AL, 49AM, 49AN, 49AP, 49AQ, 49AR, 49AS, 49AT, 49AU
4AA-
4AAA, 4AAB, 4AAC, 4AAD, 4AAE, 4AAF, 4AAG, 4AAH, 4AAI, 4AAJ, 4AAK, 4AAL, 4AAM
4BA-
4BAA, 4BAB, 4BAC, 4BAD, 4BAE, 4BAF, 4BAG, 4BAH, 4BAI, 4BAJ, 4BAK, 4BAL, 4BAN
4CA-
4CAA, 4CAB, 4CAC, 4CAD, 4CAE, 4CAF, 4CAH, 4CAI, 4CAJ 
51A-
51AA, 51AB, 51AC, 51AD, 51AE, 51AF, 51AG, 51AH
53A-
53AA, 53AB
54A-
54AE, 54AF, 54AH 

 

Should I continue to use my battery?

The likelihood of failure is very low and failures have only occurred during recharging, not during storage or use in a camera. However as a failing battery will become very hot, extreme caution is advised if you decide to continue to use your battery.