Matsushita's recall pales in comparison to Apple and Dell

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 are facing 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:

The Matsushita 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.

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