The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Asurion, of Smyrna, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 470,000 Counterfeit BlackBerry®-branded cell phone batteries in refurbished devices. The counterfeit batteries can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.
This recall involves only BlackBerry®-branded batteries provided with refurbished Blackberry®-branded devices. The refurbished devices were sent to consumers by Asurion through a handset protection program. The batteries were used across virtually all models of refurbished BlackBerry devices distributed by Asurion prior to November 1, 2009. Genuine Blackberry-branded batteries are not included in this recall. No other Asurion or BlackBerry products are involved in this recall.