Kyocera Recalls Mobile Phones Due to Battery Problems

May 27, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Kyocera Wireless Corp. (San Diego, CA), a global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, reported that it is recalling an additional 40,000 mobile-phone batteries due to potentially faulty batteries. The company said the situation stems from the previously announced battery recall for its 7135 smart phone.

The affected batteries are scattered among its Rave, Phantom and Blade Series devices. Kyocera has sold more than 4 million of the devices to date, but 40,000 of the phones include the potentially hazardous batteries. The company is working with carriers, including US Cellular and Verizon Wireless, to recall the batteries. The affected customers are being contacted directly.

The batteries in question are from Coslight International Group (Hong Kong), which also supplied the faulty batteries for its 7135 smart phone. Kyocera’s component suppliers inadvertently included the Coslight batteries in its components after Kyocera had terminated its supply agreement with Coslight. Kyocera in January announced it was recalling 140,000 of its 7135 batteries due to faulty batteries from Coslight, and said at the time it would discontinue its relationship with the supplier. Kyocera so far has replaced the batteries in about 24,000 of the 40,000 affected phones.