Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Notebook Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard By Tod Aronovitz | 04/30/14 | 0 Comment

PC vendor and smart phone company Lenovo, of Morrisville, N.C., has announced a recall on its battery packs used in ThinkPad Notebook computers. About 34,500 battery packs in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are affected. The battery packs involved in the Lenovo recall can overheat, creating a fire hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Battery packs sold from October 2010 through April 2011 are targeted in the Lenovo recall. They retailed nationwide at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers, and online through Lenovo’s website. Battery packs were included as part of the ThinkPad or sold separately as individual products.

The following ThinkPads are included:

  • The Edge 11, 13 and 14 series
  • The T410, T420, T510 and W510 series
  • The X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series

Battery packs are black and measure between 8 to 11 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide and about 1 inch high.

They have one of the following part numbers printed on a white sticker found below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890. These numbers start with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters.

Lenovo will provide a free replacement battery pack. Contact the company at (800) 426-7378 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or online at www.lenovo.com and select “Support” at the top of the page, and then click on the link to the recall page in the “News and Alerts” section at the bottom right of the page for more information.

Until a new battery pack arrives, consumers involved in the recall should immediately turn off their ThinkPad notebook computers and remove the battery pack. ThinkPads will continue to work without the battery pack by plugging in the AC adapter and power cord.

Lenovo has received two reports of the overheating, resulting in damage to the computer, battery pack and nearby property. No injuries have been reported.

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