Nokia recalls BL-5C cell phone batteries

Kathmandu, August 17:

The Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co, Ltd of Japan between December 2005 and November 2006, has been found to be defective.

Issuing a product advisory, Nokia has said that the product advisory does not apply to any other Nokia-branded battery.

Nokia has identified that in very rare cases, the Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge, states a press release.

Nokia has several suppliers for BL-5C batteries who have collectively produced more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. This advisory applies only 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.

Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred while charging the battery. According to Nokia, this issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device.

Nokia has requested concerned consumers for a replacement for any BL-5C battery subject to this product advisory.

In order to determine if a battery is subject to this advisory, it is necessary to remove the battery from the device. 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.