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Call to Arms for the dreaded U052 Wrong Printhead Error


This is a "call to arms" for all of you Canon customers who have had this problem and have had their printers disabled because of it.  Please respond with the model of your printer and if you were able to fix it, what you did to fix it. 


We need to put pressure on Canon to respond this product defect.  It appears to be bad firmware that does not allow the user to override the problem and to continue to use the printer even in a degraded mode.  From my investigations the problem is NOT a printhead issue - no way one can be printing fine and then have this error alert without having changed the printhead or ink cartridges!


Canon, PLEASE take this issue seriously and provide a solution across the affected models.  If nothing else there should be a trade-in allowance for those printers that have been affected by this product defect.


I have had many Canon printers because they have superior functional specifications. I want to be able to continue using Canon products but only if I can have confidence that this product defect will not destroy my investment.


If Canon is unresponsive our next step should be to aggressively publisize this product defect on social media and on major product vendor outlet sites as negatives reviews.


Forum Users, please reply with your affected model number(s) and with details of any succdessful fix procedure.

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Don't count on much help - all they did with me was offer a small discount toward a new printer. Thanks Canon for NOTHING!


This is what I've been able to find so far. 19 posts in 2 of the forums. These represent 36,989 views of the same U052 problem! 16 different models have reported problems:





Where is the Canon Product Quality Assurance Department?  This product deficiency should be investigated and a robust solution provided to the thousands of affected Canon loyal customers.


What is your response Canon?  Doesn't this warrant a firmware update to correct this product deficiency?


Is it time for a class action law suit?

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You can ad my MP560 to your list. I turned it on to print 6 pages. The message came up that I needed to replace the magenta cartridge and that the black was low. I didn't replace them but went ahead and did my printing. Then I changed out the magenta cartridge and decided to let it do a print head clean because I haven't used it for some months. Now I get the U052 message and it refuses to go any further. I won't be buying another Canon, that's for sure. I had my old Hewlett Packard for 10 years before it went belly up!

Always hate to see corporate ripoffs by companies we used to trust.

I own a Canon Pixma MX892 and have gotten the same message.  When I called they convinced me there was nothing I could do so I purchased another printer because I use my printer often.  I took great care of my printer and like another person on this forum had just installed new ink, was printing 2 copies of the same document, the first one printed fine and the second one didn't print at all and U052 was showing on the screen.  What a disappointment!  I thought Canon was better than this, what poor quality!  I agree with a class action law suit, something needs to be done!

canon replaced my printer after I posted here with same uo52 problem   check your inbox for their response   I was amazed

Only a small handful of the dozens of postings here have had any response at all from Canon.
Always hate to see corporate ripoffs by companies we used to trust.

I haven't received a mail from Canon

My printer is a MP610 and agree that it is a computer or internal logistic problem. My print head is cleaner than .....!

I have seen enough of the complaints to know that it is time to switch brands; no replacement would change my mind.

I am even looking at a Canon camera I own and I wondering what surprise it has in store for me. Canon has decided to be an ink retailer rather than a manufacturer of quality products so it must take the consequences. Good will is easy to lose and difficult to regain. I had an Epson previously so may try them again but will look at the complaints forums first. Perhaps we have to start at the ink and ink heads and work back up to the printer. Sad day for technology.

Unfortunately this did not work for printer is making me so angry and the warranty just expired!!  Canon what are you gonna do about this?

Same problem, owned printer for less than a year and now useless! Will be replacing printer today and will not be a Canon!

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