Lenovo expands product recall for ThinkPad laptop batteries

View affected models and how to identify if your battery is part of the recall

Lenovo has issued an expanded product safety recall on some of its ThinkPad lithium-ion battery packs after identifying that overheating could pose a risk of fire or burn hazard.

The offending battery packs are ones that may have been used in the following Lenovo ThinkPad models that were purchased between February 2010 and June 2012:

T410
T420
T510
T520
W510
W520
X100E
X121e
X130e
X131e
X201
X201s
X220
X220t
Edge 11
Edge 13
Edge 14
Edge 15
Edge 320
Edge 420
Edge 430
Edge 520
Edge 525
Edge 530
L412
L420
L512
L520
SL410
SL510
Mini 10

The specific batteries that are affected have been listed on the ACCC Web site by 7-digit assembly-part number as follows:

42T4695 42T4695
42T4711 42T4711
42T4740 42T4740
42T4798 42T4798
42T4804 42T4804
42T4812 42T4812
42T4816 42T4816
42T4822 42T4822
42T4826 42T4826
42T4828 42T4828
42T4834 42T4834
42T4840 42T4840
42T4862 42T4862

The worldwide recall is an expansion of a previous recall issued by Lenovo on 27 March 2014 and advises customers with an affected model to immediately switch off their computer, remove the battery, and to only power the laptop through its AC adapter.

To more easily check if your ThinkPad model is affected, you can visit Lenovo’s Web site, where a tool can be downloaded to identify if your battery needs replacement. A free replacement battery will be arranged by Lenovo. (Note that this Web page sometimes gave a Page Not Found error when PC World tested it, but loaded after a few refreshes.)

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