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KYOCERA BATTERIES

Units: About 1 million.

Manufacturer: Hecmma Group of El Paso, Texas.

Distributor: Kyocera Wireless 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 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.

3200 Series: 3225, 3250, CV90-K3040-03, CV90-K3040-09, CV90-K3040-10, CV90-K3040-11.

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: (866) 559-3882 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or request a replacement battery online at www.kyocera-wireless.com.

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: To find a list of recalled products, visit www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270.