DoCoMo recalls 1.3 million cell phone batteries

NTT DoCoMo issued a recall today of some 1.3 million Sanyo cell phone battery packs, because some of them could generate excessive heat and rupture. Sanyo manufactures the battery packs, which were installed in Mitsubishi Electric's D902i phones. DoCoMo said the model is only sold in Japan. The batteries in question were manufactured in May of this year and owners of potentially tainted phones will be notified directly. DoCoMo confirmed at least one rupture so far, but other reports indicate there could be as many as 17 ruptures. The recall follows another high-profile battery recall from Sony, which warned some of its laptop battery packs could overheat and burst into flames (video).

For more on the DoCoMo recall:
- see this WSJ article (sub. req.) 

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