China's state media have another foreign company in their sights: Japanese camera maker Nikon.
State broadcaster CCTV accused Nikon(NINOF) over the weekend of selling defective cameras and failing to address customer complaints regarding one of its models.
"We regard this matter very seriously ... and express sincere apologies to our customers," Nikon said in a statement. "We thank the Chinese government, media and consumers for such close attention and supervision over Nikon."
The alleged flaws were highlighted in an annual program broadcast on March 15 in honor of World Consumer Rights Day. Consumers had complained about dust accumulating in the company's D600 cameras, according to state media.
The company said it would accept D600 cameras for repair and maintenance even if the original warranty period had ended, and that it would work hard to ensure customer confidence in Nikon products.
Some viewers felt the report made CCTV a laughingstock, and others said buying pricey coffee was an individual's choice, and not one to be dictated by nosy state media.
The CCTV report against Nikon comes at a time when tensions between China and Japan remain high over a territorial dispute. Anti-Japanese sentiment inChina has hurt the sales of some Japanese companies.
A separate state media report said that the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Industry and Commerce was investigating Nikon's China branch.
Shares of Nikon dropped 1.7% at close of trading in Tokyo on Monday, after falling more than 4% during the day.