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Lenovo Recalls ThinkPad Battery Packs

28 March 2014

Computer maker Lenovo has recalled 37,400 lithium-ion battery packs sold with some models of ThinkPad notebook computers in the U.S. and Canada.

The battery packs can overheat and could cause a fire, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Lenovo has received two reports of the battery-packs overheating, damaging computers and nearby property, the CPSC said. No injuries were reported.

The recall includes 34,500 battery packs in the U.S. and 2,900 in Canada. The battery packs were sold in computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and online from October 2010 through April 2011 for $350 to $3,000 when sold as part of ThinkPad notebook computers, according to the CPSC.

This recall involves battery packs in the following ThinkPad notebook computers: the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series, the CPSC said. Recalled battery packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.

Consumers should remove the battery packs and contact Lenovo for a free replacement, said CPSAC. . Consumers can continue to use ThinkPad notebook without the battery pack by plugging in the AC adapter and power cord.

The battery packs were made in China and imported by Lenovo Group Ltd.'s U.S. subsidiary, Lenovo Inc., based in Morrisville, N.C.

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