Panasonic has expanded a recall for batteries with the risk of overheating for tablets and laptops.
The company is recalling almost 208,000 battery packs for laptops and 107,000 packs for tablets due to safety concerns. The combined recall in Japan or overseas comes to over 300,000 battery packs. Panasonic said four more incidents of batteries overheating have occurred in Japan since the company’s recall in May, which mentioned six incidents.
An individual suffered “light burns” on the fingers when the battery caught fire, said Panasonic.
Panasonic initially issued a recall for 43,000 batteries for the company’s “Let’s Note” laptop in May. The company also issued a recall for the CF-H2 tablet, sold overseas, because the tablet uses the same battery cells as the laptops “Let’s Note”.
Even though the problem has been identified by Panasonic as being rare they are taking no chances saying:
“The safety of our customers is paramount and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Panasonic said the battery packs will be replaced free of charge and they are working to complete the recall as fast as possible.
Affected battery packs can be identified by the lot number printed on the battery. The dangerous battery pack has the model number CF-VZSU53AW.
The affected lots are those beginning with:
B, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C93, C94, C96, C9C, C9J, C9K
The company recommends that people using an affected unit should turn off their CF-H2 tablet and remove the battery pack and power the computer only through the AC adaptor until the battery is replaced.
The previous affected battery lots covered in a recall were beginning with:
B6NA, B6YA, B71A, B74A, B75A, B76A, B7vA, B83A, BBGA, BBHA, BBJA and BBWA
The cause of the overheating batteries was an error in the building process.
A free replacement battery can be ordered by contacting Panasonic Australia on the number 1300 665 507 in the interval of 8:30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (EST) from Monday to Friday or by contacting Panasonic by e-mail at: [email protected]
The recall follows many other such incidents involving batteries catching fire or overheating, including Lenovo’s recall in March for some ThinkPad battery packs.