While not suffering from the same problem as Dell and Apple, Panasonic today announced that it's recalling certain Japanese models of CF-W4G Let's Note W4 laptop that were sold between April and May 2005. Unlike the Sony-supplied batteries found in the affected Dell and Apple laptops, the batteries in the Panasonic laptop—not made by Sony, mind you—will only malfunction if you smash it on a table. If this happens and the planets align just right, a spring in the battery latch can puncture the battery, leading to bad news. No shots of an exploded Panasonic have surfaced yet, so this old Dell will have to do.
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