DoCoMo recalls 1.3 million mobile phone batteries amid overheating fears

8 Dec 2006

Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is recalling over a million mobile phone batteries for fear of overheating and exploding, said its vice president Kunio Ishikawa at a press conference on Thursday. The company has 18 reported cases where batteries for its 3G FOMA D902i handset overheated or exploded between August and November this year, causing, in some instances, burns to the person involved. DoCoMo persisted with the batteries despite receiving complaints as long ago as March, opting to deal with the problem on a case by case basis. It is now recalling lithium-ion batteries for D902i mobile phones produced by Sanyo GS Soft Energy Co, a subsidiary of Sanyo Electric Co, manufacturered until May 2006.