Lenovo Recalls Notebook Batteries After Burn Incident

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Lenovo is recalling more than 150,000 ThinkPad notebook battery packs in the U.S. and Canada -- a year after recalling 35,000 others --- because they can overheat and start fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.

Lenovo said it is aware of four incidents of the batteries overheating, including one that scorched a user's clothing.

Those who have the recalled battery packs are urged to remove them from the notebook computers and get a free replacement from Lenovo. The computers can be used while plugged in without the battery packs.

Notebooks with the recalled batteries were sold between February 2010 and June 2012 for $350 to $3,000. Battery packs were also sold separately for $80 to $150.

Multiple Models Recalled

These ThinkPad notebooks have the recalled battery packs: the Edge 11, 13, 14, 15, 120, 125, 320, 325, 420, 425, 430, 520, 525 and 530 series; the L412, L420/421, L512 and L520 series; the T410, T420, T510 and T520 series; the W510 and W520 series; and the X100e, X120e, X121e, X130e, X200, X200s, X201, X201s, X220 and X220t series.

Battery packs sold separately have the following part numbers: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4740, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4816, 42T4822, 42T4826, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840, 42T4862, 42T4868, 42T4874, 42T4880, 42T4890, 42T4944, 42T4948, 42T4954, 42T4958, 45N1022 and 45N1050. The numbers can be found beginning with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters on a white sticker below the bar code.

Those with questions can call Lenovo at 800-426-7378 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit the company's recall site.
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