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Lenovo recalls ThinkPad extended-life batteries due to fire hazard

On March 1, 2007, Lenovo voluntarily recalled approximately 208,000 9-cell lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were manufactured for use with ThinkPad notebook computers that shipped worldwide between November 2005 and February 2007. Lenovo is currently offering free-of-charge replacement batteries due to two unrelated battery recalls.

Lenovo sold the batteries with new ThinkPad notebook computers or as optional or replacement batteries on the models listed below:

  • ThinkPad R60 and R60e Series
  • ThinkPad T60 and T60p Series
  • ThinkPad Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p Series

If the battery in the laptop is struck forcefully on the corner, such as from a direct fall to the ground, the battery pack can overheat and pose a fire hazard to users. This is not an internal battery cell defect. Lenovo has received four reports of batteries overheating and damaging the notebook. This caused damage to the notebook computers, minor property damage and, in one case, minor eye irritation to one consumer.

Customers should contact Lenovo at (800) 426-7378 anytime, or log on to www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram to determine if the battery is part of the recall and to order a replacement battery. For more information, including pictures of the recalled product, please see: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07118.html.