Nokia has warned users that 46 million batteries used
in its phones could overheat and said it would replace
them free of cost. Nokia is negotiating with battery maker
Matsushita over who would bear the costs.
said replacing millions of batteries would have some financial
impact, but Matsushita would pay part of the costs. Analysts,
however, estimate the total charge on Nokia at a maximum
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," the world''s top cellphone maker
said in a statement.
`BL-5C'' is Nokia''s most widely used battery, powering
among others low-end 1100 series phones and multimedia
handsets N70 and N91. Several manufacturers have supplied
a total of more than 300 million of them for Nokia.
said about 100 such incidents had been reported globally
but no serious injuries or property damage had been reported.
batteries in question were made between December 2005
and November 2006, Nokia said, adding it is working closely
with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co to investigate
battery would cost around $4 on an average and analysts
estimate the total cost to Nokia at a maximum of 100 million
euros ($137 million).
brand is valued at $33.7 billion, according to Interbrand,
making it the world''s fifth most valued brand after Coca-Cola,
Microsoft, IBM and GE.
meanwhile, said there had been a rare problem in the manufacturing
process rather than in the design of the batteries.
are still in discussion with Nokia about how to divide
the replacement cost," said a Matsushita spokesman.
year, Sony Corp was hit by hefty costs to recall 9.6 million
laptop PC batteries that could catch fire from overheating.