- AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A 33-year-old
Dutch woman sustained slight face and neck burns after her mobile phone
burst into flames, the Amsterdam police said Thursday.
- The incident, which occurred Tuesday, happened after
the woman dropped her phone in a music store in central Amsterdam. It caught
fire when she picked it up and switched it back on, a police spokesman
- She was treated for superficial burns by an ambulance
team that rushed to the scene.
- "The battery got hot and then the phone burst into
flames. It was a Nokia We later heard she had used a replacement battery,"
said Jan Willem van Hofwegen of Fame Music store.
- A Nokia spokesman in Helsinki said similar incidents
have happened in the past and were always related to faulty batteries from
independent electronics manufacturers.
- "We've heard about phones that overheated, melted
and, in the worst case, exploded," he said.
- "In all cases it was caused by a replacement battery
which was not a Nokia accessory. The manufacturers violated security requirements
which should prevent it from heating up after short circuiting, for instance,
after it was dropped."
- He could not name any of the battery manufacturers.
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