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Fake Motorola, Nokia batteries prone to explode

Posted: 10 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:faulty handset battery? mobile handset? battery pack?

A Motorola spokesperson disclosed that Chinese authorities discovered three counterfeit battery models used in its handsets that may explode.

This is according to a ShanghaiDaily report, which quoted Motorola spokesperson Yang Boning as saying that the company is cooperating with the Guangdong government on further investigations. The government announced it has stopped sales of the battery packs, which were found in the southern province of Guangdong.

Recently, a Chinese man was killed in western Gansu province when the battery in his Motorola handset exploded, the Lanzhou Morning Post reported. Xiao Jinpeng, 22, died June 19 when the handset battery in his shirt pocket exploded, causing his ribs to splinter and pierce his heart.

Yang said Motorola is investigating the incident but has not determined if the handset is a Motorola phone.

Among those cited for selling Motorola handset batteries, Foshan Weierrui Telecommunications Equipment Ltd was said to have sold two batteries, according to a statement by the Guangdong Industry and Commerce Administration Office. The batteries were labelled as being made by Motorola, the agency said.

On the other hand, Guangzhou Jietong Telecommunications Equipment Ltd was also cited for selling a battery used in Motorola handsets that could explode. The batteries named Motorola as the manufacturer, the government agency said. The statement, however, did not mention any penalty for both Chinese companies. Yang clarified that neither of the Chinese companies has any relationship with Motorola.

Besides selling power packs for Motorola, Foshan Weierrui also sold a battery model for Nokia handsets that could explode, the statement claimed. The Nokia battery listed Japan's Sanyo Electric Co. as the maker.

Sanyo spokesman Akihiko Oiwa said the company is conducting its own investigation and will announce results as soon as it has been completed.

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