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Lenovo: batteries are fire hazzard

Chinese PC vendor Lenovo is recalling over 200,000 laptop batteries due to a defect that can cause them to overheat and catch fire if the laptop is struck forcefully.

Chinese PC vendor Lenovo is recalling over 200,000 laptop batteries due to a defect that can cause them to overheat and catch fire if the laptop is struck forcefully.

The company said last week that the problem pertained to 205,000 nine-cell lithium-ion battery packs sold worldwide with eight models of its ThinkPad brand of notebooks, and recommended affected customers remove the battery and use AC power until a replacement arrived.

Lenovo said there had been five incidents that it was aware of where the affected packs, manufactured by Japanese vendor Sanyo, had overheated.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission the overheating had “caused damage to the notebook computers, minor property damage and, in one case, minor eye irritation to one consumer”.

A spokesperson for Lenovo’s Middle East operation said none of the reported incidents had happened in the region.

Lenovo said models affected were its ThinkPad R60, R60e, T60, T60p, Z60m, Z61e, Z61m and Z61p sold between November 2005 and February 2007.

A spokesperson for the vendor said Sanyo would help pay for the recall, but exactly how much the contribution would be has not been disclosed.

In September last year Lenovo recalled around 526,000 Sony-made notebook batteries due to overheating problems — one of around eight vendors affected by the defect.

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