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CAUTION - Do not disassemble or modify lithium-ion battery packs.

For parties concerned with small-sized secondary batteries

Over the past few years, the production and sales of lithium-ion batteries have shown rapid growth, due mainly to extensive use of these batteries in a variety of digital equipment like mobile phones, notebook PCs and video camcorders.

On the other hand, the volume of collected and recycled lithium-ion batteries (or disused batteries due to model changes of equipment) has also been increasing recently.

Presently, used or disused batteries taken out of disassembled battery packs are sold as regular batteries in Japan, or battery packs incorporating control circuits transferred from other used battery packs are available as modified battery packs in a way contrary to that initially intended by the battery manufacturers.

These batteries or modified battery packs are totally different from the genuine products in terms of the performance, reliability and safety usually guaranteed by the battery manufactures. The BAJ cannot be responsible for the minimum reliability and safety requirement of these batteries or battery packs.

If general consumers purchase and use these batteries or modified battery packs, overcharge or short-circuit may occur to quickly degrade the safety. This could cause them to generate heat or catch fire, resulting in a dangerous situation in some cases.

If such trouble occurs accidentally, it may not only result in personal injury or property damage for the users, but also considerable trouble for the relevant organizations or industrial associations. The BAJ is greatly concerned about these possibilities.

Therefore, the BAJ would like to ask for your cooperation to prevent lithium-ion batteries from illegally appearing in the market and to prevent the unnecessary disassembly or modification of lithium-ion battery packs.

At the BAJ, we recognize that the product safety related to batteries is the most essential issue. Your further understanding and cooperation on this matter are greatly appreciated.

According to the Japanese laws for the promotion of effective utilization of resources, which were enacted from May, 2001, battery manufacturers, equipment firms making battery-applied products and importers dealing with such equipment are all under the obligation to collect and recycle small-sized secondary batteries such as lithium-ion, nickel cadmium, nickel metal-hydride and small sealed-type lead-acid batteries.

Again, we greatly appreciate your cooperation on the handling of used and disused small-sized secondary batteries following the above-mentioned laws.