Olympus Recalls Digital Audio Recorders Due to Burn Hazard

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Olympus DS-5500 digital audio recorders


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

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.

Olympus DS-5500 digital audio recorder - front view

Recall Details


About 500


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.


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


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.  


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

Manufactured in


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