Lenovo, IBM laptops hit with battery recalls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of more than 500,000 rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries used in ThinkPad notebook computers.

CPSC said consumers should stop using the affected laptop computer batteries, made by Sony, immediately. The recall affects laptop computers distributed by Lenovo of Research Triangle Park, N.C., and International Business Machines Corp., of Armonk, N.Y. between February 2005 and September 2006 as an accessory for between $150 and $180 or as part of a ThinkPad notebook computer sold for between $750 and $3500.

According to the advisory from the CPSC, these lithium-ion batteries can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Lenovo said it has received one confirmed report of a battery overheating and causing a fire that damaged the notebook computer.

The incident, which occurred within an airport terminal as the user was boarding an airplane, caused enough smoking and sparking that a fire extinguisher was used to put it out. There was minor property damage and no injuries were reported, CPSC said.

The recalled lithium-ion batteries were sold with or separately to be used with the following ThinkPad notebook computers: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s).

The recalled batteries have the following part or model numbers, which can be found on the battery label:
Part/model number:
ASM P/N FRU P/N
92P1072 92P1073
92P1088 92P1089
92P1142 92P1141
92P1170 92P1169 or 93P5028
92P1174 92P1173 or 93P5030

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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