Matsushita, better known as Panasonic here in the United
States, is recalling 6,000 notebook batteries due to possible overheating. Although nowhere near the scope
of the 4.1 million
batteries recalled by Dell and the 1.8 million units
recalled by Apple, the recall comes as a time when notebook manufacturers
increased scrutiny over the safety of their battery packs.
A representative for Matsushita declined to comment on the
manufacturer of the affected batteries, but did note that they were not produced by
Sony. From Reuters:
spokesman said that when a notebook PC using the battery in question had been
accidentally dropped on the floor or suffered any other strong impact, there
was a chance that a tiny metal spring used in the battery pack could fall off
on to battery cells, causing overheating.
The recall only affects Japanese-marker notebooks produced
between the April 2005 and May 2005. We should also note that no injuries or
cases of notebooks catching fire have been reported.