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LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

Li-ion batt damage threat to 'computer, nearby property'

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Lenovo has recalled a slew of ThinkPad batteries after two customers reported overheating problems.

"On March 27, 2014, Lenovo voluntarily recalled certain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were manufactured for use with ThinkPad notebook computers that shipped worldwide between October 2010 and April 2011," the company said. "Lenovo is offering replacement batteries free of charge regardless of warranty status."

According to US watchdog the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lenovo has reported two incidents involving the overheating power packs, which caused no injuries to users but "damage to the computer, battery pack and nearby property."

The battery problems affect the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s lines. Batteries that came with the laptops, and those bought as spares, have been recalled, and the problems affect 3-cell, 4-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell parts.

The Chinese manufacturer will face a hefty bill for the recall. It shipped 34,500 of the defective components in the US and 2,900 in Canada, and Chinese state media is reporting 117,732 will be recalled in the Middle Kingdom.

Lenovo hasn’t said what's causing the problems, but it's usually imperfections in the manufacturing process. The Chinese box-shifter will no doubt have sharp words for whichever supplier hasn't kept up on quality control. ®

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