CPSC, Kyocera Wireless Corp. Announce Recall of Cell Phone Batteries

October 28, 2004
Alert #05-505
 

CPSC, Kyocera Wireless Corp. Announce Recall of Cell Phone Batteries

The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Batteries in Kyocera Wireless Corp. Cell Phones

Units: About 1 million

Manufacturer: Hecmma Group, of El Paso, Texas

Distributor: Kyocera Wireless Corp., of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: Some of the cell phone batteries supplied by the battery manufacturer may be counterfeit. This can cause the batteries to short-circuit, overheat and pose burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Kyocera has received 14 reports of battery failures, resulting in smoke and minor property damage. Two minor burn injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled batteries are included in Kyocera Slider, K400, and 3200 Series cell phones. Below is additional information about the cell phones and recalled batteries:

Cell Phone
Model Name
Cell Phone Model Number Battery Model Numbers
Battery Description
Slider Series SE44/SE47 CV90-L305N-01
CV90-L305P-01
CV90-L305T-01
CV90-L349T-01
Battery has the Kyocera name printed in red and black along with the model number
K400 Series

"Phantom"
"Blade"
"Rave"
KE413
KE433
KE/KX414
KE/KX424
KE/KX434
CV90-K3040-03
CV90-K3040-09
CV90-K3040-10
CV90-K3040-11
Battery has the Kyocera name printed in red and white along with the model number
3200 Series
3225
3250
(Appears above or
below phone display)
CV90-K3040-03
CV90-K3040-09
CV90-K3040-10
CV90-K3040-11
Battery has the Kyocera name printed in red and white along with the model number

Sold at: ALLTEL, Virgin Mobile, Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, US Cellular and Verizon Wireless stores nationwide; telemarketing retailers; various Web sites; and regional phone carriers sold the cell phones with the recalled batteries. The 3200 Series and K400 Series phones were sold from December 2003 to September 2004 for between $30 and $100. Slider Series phones were sold from May 2004 to September 2004 for between $30 and $170. The recalled batteries were also sold separately during the same periods for between $30 and $60.

Manufactured In: Made in China, assembled in Mexico.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries in their cell phones. Kyocera will contact consumers directly to arrange for delivery of a free replacement battery. If consumers with recalled batteries are not contacted by Kyocera, they should call the company to receive a free replacement battery. The batteries should be stored in an environment with non-flammable materials.

Consumer Contact: Call Kyocera Wireless Corp. toll-free at (866) 559-3882 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or request a replacement battery online at www.kyocera-wireless.com

Media Contact: John Chier at (858) 882-3543.

picture of  Kyocera Cell Phone Slider Series

Slider Series

picture of  Kyocera Cell Phone K400 Series

picture of  Kyocera Cell Phone K400 Series

K400 Series

picture of  Kyocera Cell Phone 3200 Series

picture of  Kyocera Cell Phone 3200 Series

3200 Series

picture of Slider Series Battery and Affected Product Codes

Slider Series Battery and Affected Product Codes

picture of 3200 and K400 Series Battery and Affected Product Codes

3200 and K400 Series Battery and Affected Product Codes