Lenovo begins global recall for fire hazard ThinkPad batteries

Lenovo begins global recall for fire hazard ThinkPad batteries

Summary: Lenovo has recalled at least 155,000 ThinkPad batteries that it says could be a fire hazard.

TOPICS: Lenovo

Lenovo has begun a worldwide recall on lithium-ion batteries from several ThinkPad models, saying they pose a fire hazard risk.

Lenovo launched the battery recall yesterday following two reports in North America of battery packs overheating, causing damage to the batteries themselves, the computers holding them, and nearby property, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) reported on Thursday.

According to Lenovo, the batteries in question shipped in a number of countries, included in various ThinkPad notebook models between October 2010 and April 2011. The batteries were also sold separately as spare parts.

Lenovo said it sold the affected batteries with or as replacement batteries for the ThinkPad T410, T420, T510, W510, X100E, X120E, X200, X201 and X201s Series as well as its Edge 11, Edge 13, and Edge 14 Series.

Lenovo is offering to replace batteries free of charge regardless of warranty status.

"Until a replacement battery arrives, you should turn off the system, remove the battery, and only power your ThinkPad by plugging in the AC adapter and power cord," Lenovo warned.

According to CSPC, there were about 34,500 units were shipped in the US and 2,900 in Canada, while China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has said the recall there involves 117,732 batteries, according to the Xinhua news bureau.

Batteries were also sold separately for between $80 to $150. The model numbers that consumers should check for on a white sticker below the bar code on a battery pack are: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.

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Where to check for the serial number on Lenovo's affected batteries. Image: CSPC

Topic: Lenovo

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    lol; I love the way Lenovo spin it:
    "OVERHEATING, causing damage to the batteries themselves, the computers holding them, and nearby property".
    Say it like it is guys; it's a FIRE !!!
    • Pot calling the kettle black, Mr. Jobs?

      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • If Lenovo is a kettle, then Mr. Jobs is a chimney.
      • BRILLIANT :)

        STEVE_jOBS is my ironic moniker so yes I absolutely agree with you guys and then some :)
  • I have twelve of the recalled batteries in my office...

    We just started swapping users with T410's to T440p's, so out of curiosity I checked through my pile of T410's. Yup, of the 20 T410's in my office, twelve of them have the recalled batteries. The other eight had their batteries replaced at some point in time. I hope my office doesn't explode with so many faulty batteries in it. :-)