Nokia warned Tuesday that up to 46 million batteries used in some of the company’s cell phones could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating.
The advisory applies to batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006, the world’s largest mobile phone maker said.
Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan is one of several suppliers that have together made some 300 million BL-5C batteries.
Nokia said 100 incidents of overheating of the Matsushita-made BL-5C batteries have been reported worldwide, but added that “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,” the Finnish company said. “According to Nokia’s knowledge this issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device.”
Nokia said it will swap out all affected batteries.
Nokia sells products in 130 countries and employs 110,000 people worldwide. In the second quarter, it sold 100 million mobile devices, claiming a 38 percent share of the global market.