Panasonic Recalls Over 43,000 Laptop Batteries over Fire Ris
Panasonic announced on Wednesday that it is recalling over 43,000 laptop batter backs after reports that 3 batteries overheated and caught fire. Two incidents in Japan and one incident in Thailand have been reported, although there were no injuries. The batteries relate to the CF-S10 and CF-N10 series between April and October 2011.
As a safety precaution, there has been a separate recall in Europe. This involves battery-pack sold with the Toughbook CF-H” tablets between June 2011 and May 2012.
Concerns have been raised about other companies supplied by Panasonic, such as Tesla Moors Inc, to whom Panasonic are the prime supplier of lithium batteries. However, a Panasonic representative said that the batteries were different to those they supply to Tesla and there would be no impact on the manufacturer.
Panasonic will be replacing the batteries free of charge.