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