has started recalling the battery packs for a number of its ThinkPad
laptops sold in the United States and Canada. The specific Thinkpad
battery packs pose a fire hazard, caused by overheating and could lead
to computer damage.
The announcement came on Thursday via US
Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC). It says that the consumers
should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed.
has noted that no injuries have been reported as yet, but Lenovo has
received two reports of the battery packs overheating, resulting in
damage to the computer, battery pack and nearby property.
recall applies to 34,500 battery units sold in the U.S. and 2,900 units
sold in Canada. This involves units sold between October 2010 to April
2011 via authorized dealers or through Lenovo's official online store.
Battery pack units sold separately or as a part of ThinkPad laptop are
both eligible for the replacement. Affected laptops include the Edge 11,
13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e,
X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series.
To further identify the
battery pack, consumers can also see a white sticker below the bar code,
starting with the number 'four' in a long series of numbers as:
42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834,
42T4840 and 42T4890.
The announcement further provided few
suggestions for consumer interest. It says consumers should immediately
remove the battery pack and contact Lenovo for a free replacement, while
they can use their ThinkPad notebook without the battery pack by
plugging in the AC adapter and power cord.
A similar recall
announcement has been made by Lenovo in China, reported ComputerWorld
report says that Lenovo has recalled 117,732 lithium ion batteries
units in the Edge11, Edge13, T410, X100e, X201 and X201s series
manufactured between October 2010 and April 2011.