As you probably know, poorly designed battery packs can overheat, catch on fire, and even explode. And while these problems most often affect cheap knock-offs, every now and then a batch of name brand batteries will be afflicted as well.
Lenovo has just announced that they are recalling a total of approximately 37,000 laptop batteries in the US and Canada because they present a potential fire hazard.
If you own one of laptop models on the list below, you should immediately contact Lenovo immediately and request a replacement.
Here are the Lenovo laptops that use the recalled batteries:
- ThinkPad Edge 11, 13 and 14 series
- Thinkpad T410, T420, T510 and W510 series
- Thinkpad X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series
The bad battery packs were also sold separately. To find out if your battery is one of them, remove it from your laptop and look for a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code. Starting with the 4th digit, the affected part numbers will include one of the following:
If you purchased a battery pack with one of the part numbers listed above, you should contact Lenovo and request a replacement.
To request a replacement battery, call Lenovo at (800) 426-7378 or visit the battery recall page on their website at www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram2014.