No one was injured when the camera burst into flames. The Police Department on Sunday said it would pull 2,990 of its LE-5 cameras after the explosion “revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite.” Vievu introduced the LE-5 in October 2017, listing among its features a lithium-ion battery that boasts more than 12 hours of recording time. LE-5 body cams were used in 16 NYPD commands around the city. Vievu won a $6.4 million (£4.9m) contract to supply body cameras to the NYPD in 2016.
Axon, which owns Vievu, said it was working with the NYPD to investigate the issue. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority,” a statement said. Officers wearing the Vievu model LE-4 camera will continue to use them.The recall of the Vievu-brand LE-5 cameras could delay the department’s plan to outfit all 23,000 patrol officers with body cameras by December. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants every patrol officer to wear a body camera by the end of 2019.