Lenovo Recalls About 37K ThinkPad Batteries Over Fire Hazard

Pulkit Chandna

First laptop battery recall in seven years for the company

Lenovo has recalled about 34,500 laptop battery packs in the States and 2,900 in Canada because of a fire hazard , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday . The affected laptop models , all part of the company’s ThinkPad series, were sold between October 2010 and April 2011.

“This recall involves Lenovo battery packs sold with the following ThinkPad notebook computers: the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series. The battery packs were also sold separately,” reads the recall announcement on the CPSC website. “Recalled battery packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.”

If you are currently using one of the affected batteries, which “measure between 8 to 11 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide and about 1 inch high,” CPSC  suggests that you remove it from your notebook PC immediately and contact the vendor for a replacement.

While there hasn’t been any official word from Lenovo on the size of the recall outside North America, over 115,000 batteries have reportedly been recalled in China alone . For what it's worth, this is the first such battery recall for the world’s largest PC vendor in over seven years; in 2007, the company had recalled about 100,000 Sanyo-built batteries.

Image Credit: CPSC

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