Panasonic laptop batteries recalled

05-09-2006

Japanese laptop firm Matsushita has recalled 6,000 batteries because of fears that they will overheat.

The Panasonic-branded Let's Note CF-W4G notebook is the subject of the recall, which comes following much bigger recalls from Dell and Apple caused by faulty batteries made by Sony.

Matsushita has declined to identify the manufacturer of the batteries, a decision which has been criticised by industry commentators.

But the company has insisted that the problem with the overheating batteries is not the fault of the batteries themselves.

Instead, the loose method of holding the battery in place is at fault as it creates a risk that the battery could be misshaped and, as a result, overheat.

"The battery doesn't malfunction unless the PC is dropped from a considerable height. And even when broken, the battery has to be significantly deformed to cause overheating," Akira Kadota, a spokesman for Matsushita, told the Bloomberg news agency.

Concern about the safety of laptops overheating and potentially catching fire sparked great attention in the US after 4.1 million Dell and 1.8 million Apple laptops were recalled.


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