Last March, Lenovo recalled 37,000 laptop batteries across the United States and Canada over fears that the battery could overheat, to the point of becoming a fire hazard. Over a year later, the computer manufacturer has expanded its recall notice to encompass up to 148,800 battery units in the US and 17,700 units in Canada bundled with certain models of its Thinkpad laptop range suspected of being a fire risk.
“The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard,” the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. “Lenovo has received four reports of incidents of battery packs overheating and damaging the computers, battery packs and surrounding property. One incident included a consumer’s skin being reddened and burn marks on the consumer’s clothing.”
The CPSC warns that users “should immediately turn off their ThinkPad notebook computer, remove the battery pack and contact Lenovo for a free replacement battery pack. Consumers can continue to use their ThinkPad notebook without the battery pack by plugging in the AC adapter and power cord.”
Lenovo Thinkpad models covered by the recall notice are:
The Edge 11, 13, 14, 15, 120, 125, 320, 325, 420, 425, 430, 520, 525 and 530 series; the L412, L420/421, L512 and L520 series; the T410, T420, T510 and T520 series; the W510 and W520 series; and the X100e, X120e, X121e, X130e, X200, X200s, X201, X201s, X220, and X220t series.
If you are unsure whether your battery pack in one that is being recalled, check below the barcode on the white sticker on the unit for any of the following identifiers:
42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4740, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4816, 42T4822, 42T4826, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840, 42T4862, 42T4868, 42T4874, 42T4880, 42T4890, 42T4944, 42T4948, 42T4954, 42T4958, 45N1022, and 45N1050.