Kyocera recalls explosive mobile phone batteries

Kyocera Wireless is recalling mobile phone batteries used in one of its smartphones after discovering the batteries can explode.

Kyocera Wireless is recalling mobile phone batteries used in one of its smartphones after discovering the batteries can explode.

The company warned its Kyocera 7135 Smartphone has been sold with batteries manufactured in Hong Kong that can short-circuit and erupt with force or emit excessive heat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The phones were sold through Verizon Wireless, US Cellular and Alltel, as well as through other retailers and websites from September 2003 to December 2003. The batteries have "Kyocera" written in red and white on the front of the battery, and contain a product code that ends with "-05.

Kyocera has instructed any users of the 7135 phones bought during that period to immediately stop using the batteries sold with them, or any batteries purchased separately from the phones during that time period.It will contact those who purchased the battery to deliver a free replacement battery.

Last year Nokia dealt with several incidents of exploding batteries last year, but blamed those problems on users who installed counterfeit batteries in their phones.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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