Nokia recalls 46 million phone batteries

News 12:21, 14 Aug 2007

Nokia recalls its most widely-used mobile phone battery following reports of overheating and short circuits

Nokia has announced that the recall of 46 million mobile phone batteries because of fears that they could overheat and cause phones to short-circuit. The recall applies to all Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries that were manufactured by Mastsushita between December 2005 and November 2006.

The BL-5C is Nokia's most widely-used battery and powers 55 different Nokia phones and accessories including popular mobiles such as the Nokia N70, the Nokia 6230i and the Nokia 6820.

The Finnish company has said that it will replace batteries free of charge and stressed that no serious injuries or fires have so far been caused by the defective batteries.

"(The batteries) could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge," said a Nokia statement.

Nokia added so far there had only been 100 reports of the battery overheating worldwide.

To find out whether your battery needs to be replaced check out the Nokia battery recall website and enter your battery's 26-character identification number into the online form. If your battery is among the faulty batch you will see further instructions on how to get it replaced.

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