Matsushita will be forking out the millions of dollars that may be required to replace faulty batteries in about 46-million Nokia cell phones.
About 100 reports have been received about the BL-5C batteries made by the Japanese manufacturer overheating while charging.
Although Nokia hasn't actually issued a recall of the components – since there is no risk of injury – it has undertaken to replace the batteries if any user chooses to.
The cost of the exercise is estimated at between $85-million and $170-million, which Matsushita will cover.
In South Africa, users registering for replacements on the website www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement will have their new batteries couriered to them.