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In The News 04-22-16

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by | Filed Under: In The News

¬†Panasonic Refuses To Fix Smokers’ TV

A British couple is furious with Panasonic after the electronic manufacturer is refusing to honor the warranty on their broken flat screen TV.

The couple noticed issues with the quality of the picture on their screen and took it to a repair a shop. However, the tech at the repair center said there was evidence that cigarette smoke had gunked up the inside of the TV and caused damage.


Panasonic said since the damage was caused by the couple’s smoking and not a manufacturer’s defect, that they wouldn’t pick up the tab. The couple admits to smoking 20 cigarettes a day, but say they don’t think that could cause the problem.¬† Having worked for many years in television, I can definitely say that smoke can be a real threat to equipment. Especially since a TV has vents that can be easily infiltrated by smoke. So if you won’t quit smoking for yourself, think about doing it to spare your innocent TV.

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~ Cynthia

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59 Responses to “In The News 04-22-16”

  1. Gene S. says:

    The warranty, as written, does NOT proscribe smoking; therefore, the warranty must be honored.

  2. D.H. Fabian says:

    I think people have gone to the nutty extremes on this issue. Consider the impact of pollution due to our excessive use of motor vehicles. Each time a car engine runs, soot and oil particles are spewed into the air, coming into buildings. The soot and oil particles have a far greater impact (on electronic equipment, as well as our lungs) than the residue caused by smoking tobacco. Buildings are not air-tight.

  3. Robert Gray says:

    Need to find another brand, Panasonic you are full of it. I will never buy another Panasonic product ever again. If smoke can hurt it, that shows just how cheep your product really is. I’ll look very close and any thing with the Panasonic name I’ll just leave on the shelf.

  4. Mike L. says:

    Never have had our cigarette smoke damage any TV in 56 years of smoking. Never ever heard of this before either. That was just a pure BS excuse. And we are so sick and tired of the anti smoking do gooders attacking us. Just leave us alone with our right to smoke. Does anyone tell you what kind of food to eat or beverages to drink or cars to drive or homes to live in.

  5. Jay Haskell says:

    To those who say smoke never hurt TV’s in the 50s,etc” Tv’s are made differently now.

    To those who say that the warranty should mention smoking specifically, I agree, but sadly most of us don’t read warranties.

    To blame Panasonic is useless. Smoke must affect other company’s TVs as well. The whole issue just needs more publicity, if true.

  6. Jim Christoffersen says:

    Many years ago, I repaired TVs and saw the effects of smoking. I refused to repair the set and agree with Panasonic. If smokers could see what they are doing to the guts of a TV, MAYBE they would think twice about what they are doing to their own lungs and body!!

  7. Peter Russell says:

    Would this attempt to avoid paying for a repair also apply where inner city traffic pollution is the cause of a breakdown? If the components are suseptible to damage then better cooling air intake filtration should be provided.

  8. Richard Frisbie says:

    It has been well documented for years that cigarette smoke affects electronics. The telephone companies banned smoking years ago around their equipment. An electronics co. should not be held responsible for the consumers bad habits. Their should however be a very obvious label explaining the affects of smoke on their product.

  9. Tom says:

    No way should Panasonic replace the TV. Maybe it will be a good excuse for this couple and anyone else reading about this to finally quit smoking.

  10. Graeme says:

    Seems fair to me – no specific exclusion is req

  11. Graeme says:

    Seems fair to me – no specific exclusion is required – any warranty applies to defect due to manufacturing faulty.

  12. Joe Nunya says:

    The warranty does not include smoking damage as an exclusion, so Panasonic should honor their warranty.

  13. Tim says:

    They are not doing their job if the TV is known to fail from cigarette smoke. Can I fart in the same room? UNBELIEVABLE!

  14. Gary Lee Williams says:

    Why not invalidate the TV warranty? A lot of PEOPLE are being invalidated by cigarettes!

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