Matsushita Battery Exchange Doesn't Include U.S. Systems
None of the units in question were shipped to the United States, the company says, so there's no need to exchange anything bought here.
Matsushita's battery exchange program is limited to systems sold in Japan, and none of the units in question were exported to the U.S., said a spokesman for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the Secaucus, N.J.-based maker of Toughbooks.
The battery exchange, which the spokesman said is not a recall, is limited to 6,000 units sold in Japan between April and May 2005.
Matsushita's announcement and voluntary action comes weeks following exponentially larger laptop battery recalls enacted by Dell, Round Rock, Tex., and Apple, Cupertino, Calif., which both were supplied with defective battery cells by component maker Sony. Dell's and Apple's recalls were done in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission.
The issue involving the Matsushita laptop batteries does not involve battery cells, but rather tiny metal springs that could come into contact with the battery during jostling, and thus cause overheating, the company said in an earlier statement.
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company is a unit of Panasonic Corp. of North America which, itself, is a subsidiary of Matsushita.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.