Nikon has a lot of egg on its face thanks to the dust and oil issues plaguing the D600’s sensor. While the Japanese company took care of the issue with recalls and even a new replacement D610, it seems the D600 was still a problem in China. Now the Chinese government has ordered a complete stop on D600 sales after a nationally televised exposé revealed the defective nature of the camera.
A “3.15,” an investigative news program like 60 minues or 20/20, report aired on the China Central Television channel accusing Nikon of selling a defective produce. What’s more, the report also featured hidden camera footage of employees denying returns and exchanges while blaming their issues on the smog. Soon after the broadcast the government order came through demanding a stop on all D600 sales in China.
Nikon has already stopped direct sales of the D600. The company also plans to recall models from dealers who still have the camera in stock. Previously, Nikon posted a statement on February 26 stating it would provide free service for the D600 even after warranties run out, including cleaning and a free exchange of parts. The Chinese program, however, highlighted the service as “insufficient” to address a recurring defect in the camera.
According to Business Week, after the news broke Nikon’s stock fell 1.7 percent to 1,730 yen (about $17) at the end of trading in Tokyo, extending its decline this year to 14-percent.
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