Nokia Recalls 46 Million Defective Batteries

Nokia has recalled 46 million defective Chinese-made batteries according to the New York Times. The batteries can overheat and dislodge during charging. Nokia promises to replace the batteries at no cost to the consumer.

This recall applies only to the 46 million batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. No serious injuries have been reported.

Here’s a list of the affected phones:
Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60

“Nokia” and “BL-5C” are printed on the battery. In order to see if your battery is part of the recall, you’ll need to locate the “battery identification number” and type it into a form on Nokia’s website. The site will then tell you if your battery has been recalled. From the NYT:

Akira Kadota, a Matsushita spokesman in Osaka, said all of the suspect batteries were made at a Matsushita factory in Zhuhai, a port city in southern China.

“There was nothing wrong with the design of the batteries. The problem was the result of a flaw in the manufacturing process,” Mr. Kadota said in an interview. “That problem has since been solved and we have had no complaint from any other users of our batteries.”

Click here to see if your battery has been recalled.

46 Million Nokia Cell Batteries Defective [New York Times]
Product Advisory: Nokia BL-5C battery [Nokia]


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  1. wring says:

    and I almost got that Nokia 6086, teh wifi tmobile fone :P

  2. Hoss says:

    Japanese engineers, Japanese specifications…assembled in China. Obviously china’s fault

  3. clarient says:

    Too much to hope for… no new battery for me. :( Missed it by a few months.

  4. Marce says:

    Whew, mine doesn’t need replacing. Thanks for the heads-up, guys!

  5. TacoPalenque says:


    What the heck is it with ALL these Chinese recalls?!?
    First all the lead-paint toys, then I see the story about the crappy Chery Amulet car and the possibility for them to come to the US in some form and now 46-freakin-million cell phone batteries?!

    I know it’s, at this point, almost illogical and unrealistic to end ties with China but we need some darn new regulations of some sort! Geez!

  6. miborovsky says:

    @Hossofcourse: I do hope you’re being sarcastic. You’re an idiot otherwise.

  7. lizzybee says:

    Oh frigging great– I just checked, and I’ve got one of the loaded batteries…

  8. lizzybee says:

    @lizzybee: Or not. Entered the battery number, and it wasn’t one of the ones affected. Mine, fortunately, was made in Japan.

  9. Hoss says:

    @miborovsky: You’re wrong. I was in fact being a wise arse — but I’m still an idiot.

  10. Chairman-Meow says:

    gosh golly…all those profits wiped out due to your dumbass decision to outsource to China…..good move Nokia!!!

  11. rikkus256 says:

    Great, another chinese recall. Let’s see what the china-defenders have to say about this.