NEC is recalling about 170,000 monochrome laser printers, most of which were sold in Japan, because of an overheating problem that leads to a subsequent risk of fire.
The company is recalling 11 printer models, mostly in its MultiWriter range, that were sold in Japan between 1997 and 2000.
About 440 printers sold by Hitachi during the period from 1999 to 2001 include the same part and were also subject to recall, Hitachi said.
A number of the same printers were re-branded by an NEC customer and sold overseas. However those models, the names of which were not released, were not presently subject to a recall, a spokesperson, Diane Foley, said.
An overheating problem has been identified in the printer's fixer unit, which was responsible for fixing toner to the paper, and that hadprompted the recall, Foley said.
NEC was advising customers to switch off the printers when not in use, such as overnight and over weekends, until the faulty part had been replaced.
Details of the printers affected and their serial numbers can be found online at NEC's Web site: http://www.express.nec.co.jp/care/prtechinfo/careinfo/index.html and at Hitachi's Web site: http://www.hitachi-printingsolutions.co.jp/topix/release/031204.html.