, the world's largest supplier of PCs, has issued a voluntary recall for battery
packs that shipped with several versions of its popular ThinkPad laptop line, as well as certain Edge Series notebooks. The reason for the recall is because the affected battery packs could overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard. Lenovo's received two reports of overheating batteries so far, neither of which resulted in any injuries.
According to Lenovo, potentially affected batteries were made for ThinkPad laptops that shipped around the world between October 2010 and April 2011. The reason the recall isn't limited to just ThinkPad models is because Lenovo also sold the batteries as replacements for other systems.
Affected models in the ThinkPad line include the T410, T420, T510, W510, X100E, X120E, X200, X201, and X201s Series. Other affected laptops include the Edge 11, Edge 13, and Edge 14 Series. Some part numbers to look for include 43R9255, 51J0500, 57Y4186, 57Y4565, 57Y4625, 57Y4559, 43R9254, and 0A36277. Any of the models could have shipped with 3-cell, 4-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell batteries.
If you own an affected model, Lenovo advises turning off the system, removing the battery, and using the AC adapter and power cord until a replacement arrives.
"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 said in a statement.
For more information, visit Lenovo's recall page