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Lenovo recalls fiery ThinkPad battery packs

Lenovo is recalling battery packs from thousands of ThinkPad notebooks after several of them overheated and caught fire.

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A recall notice on the company’s site stated that the affected lithium-ion battery packs were shipped worldwide between October 2010 and April 2011, and affected various different ThinkPad notebooks.

The batteries were shipped with new models or provided as optional or replacements with the following models:

  • ThinkPad T410, T420, T510, W510, X100E, X120E, X200, X201, X201s Series
  • Edge 11, Edge 13, and Edge 14 Series
  • Option P/Ns 43R9255, 51J0500, 57Y4186, 57Y4564, 57Y4565, 57Y4625, 57Y4559, 43R9254, 0A36277

They may have been 3-cell, 4-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell batteries and until a replacement battery is provided by Lenovo, customers are advised to turn off the system, remove the battery and power the device using the AC adapter and power cord only.

“Lenovo apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Shipment of quality products always has been and continues to be the foremost concern,” the company added.

Product Reviews reports that the problem affects at least 34,500 batteries in the US, 2,900 in Canada as well as another 117,732 in China, illustrating that Lenovo has its work cut out to replace each one of the faulty pieces of kit. There will also be recalls in other countries, which Lenovo will clarify in the coming days.

Anyone worried that their battery could be affected can click this link and scroll down to ‘Determine if your battery is being recalled’ where the automated solution works out whether your battery needs to be exchanged.

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