46 million Nokia batteries in overheating warning

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has today issued a product advisory over its BL-5C battery manufactured by Japan's Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006.

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By  Ronan Shields Published  August 14, 2007

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has today issued a product advisory over its BL-5C battery manufactured by Japan's Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006.

The announcement comes after the handset vendor received approximately 100 reports of the Nokia-branded batteries overheating when charging. Nokia also stipulated that no "serious injuries" or property damage had been reported as a result of the occurrences.

"Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries subject to the product advisory could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge," read the company statement.

The company also claimed this issue did not affect any other use of its mobile devices and that the announcement did not apply to any other Nokia-branded battery.

The advisory applies to the 46 million Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries produced by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. The Japanese company has produced 300 million such devices to date according to Nokia. The BL-5C is compatible with a large number of Nokia handsets, including the E60.

Nokia also noted that concerned consumers can request a replacement for any BL-5C battery. Both companies have pledged to cooperate with relevant authorities to investigate the situation.

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