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Nokia warns of overheating Matsushita batteries

Posted: 17 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:battery recall? overheating Matsushita batteries? Nokia cellphone battery?

Nokia has announced that some Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. Nokia is working closely with Matsushita and will be cooperating with relevant authorities to investigate this situation.

The Finnish handset maker has several suppliers who have collectively produced more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. Nokia said the advisory would only apply to the 46 million batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006, from which there have been approximately 100 incidents of overheating reported globally. No serious injuries or property damage have been reported.

The company noted that the approximately 100 overheating incidents have occurred while charging the battery. Nokia added that the issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device. In addition, although the overheating occurrences in the BL-5C batteries are very rare, concerned consumers can request a replacement for any BL-5C battery subject to this product advisory.

The BL-5C battery is not used in all Nokia products and that only a portion of the Nokia BL-5C batteries in use are subject to this advisory. To determine if the battery is subject to the advisory, a Nokia battery will have "Nokia" and "BL-5C" printed on the front of the battery. On the reverse, the Nokia mark appears at the top and the battery identification number (consisting of 26 characters) is found at the bottom. Consumers should refer to this identification number to determine if their battery is among the batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. A comparison of that number with those subject to this advisory will determine a consumer's ability to obtain a replacement free of charge.




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