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Lenovo and IBM to recall 526,000 batteries

IBM and Lenovo are recalling 526,000 notebook batteries they say pose a potential fire hazard.

IBM and Lenovo are recalling 526,000 notebook batteries they say pose a potential fire hazard.

Following reports of a Lenovo notebook catching fire at Los Angeles International airport earlier this month Lenovo and Big Blue will recall approximately 526,000 notebook batteries worldwide due to faulty batteries the company announced overnight.

The lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Corporation will be offered free-of-charge replacement batteries for all recalled batteries.

"Although no make or model of battery is immune from some overheating or failure, Lenovo has confirmed that these batteries can be subject to overheating, posing a potential fire hazard, and Lenovo is advising customers to check if they are using one of the affected batteries", IBM and Lenovo said in a joint statement released by the companies.

The recalled batteries were sold with or sold separately to be used with some models of ThinkPad notebook PCs including the following models:

  • T Series (T43, T43p, T60)
  • X Series (X60, X60s):
  • R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e)
  • Battery Part/model numbers include:

    ASM P/N FRU P/N
    92P1072 92P1073
    92P1088 92P1089
    92P1142 92P1141
    92P1170 92P1169 or 93P5028
    92P1174 92P1173 or 93P5030

    Customers who ordered an extra battery for the T4x Series or 5Rx Series notebooks between February 2005 and September 2006 are being advised they may also be subject to recall.

    Customers are being advised they can continue to use affected notebooks by turning of the system, removing the battery and using the AC adapter to run the notebooks.

    Sony, the maker of the batteries has agreed to financially support the recall.

    Affected customers can visit http://www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram for more information.

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