Lenovo to recall 500,000 Sony batteries


— 1:30 PM on September 28, 2006

This month's latest Sony battery recall comes from Lenovo, according to "sources familiar with the situation" quoted by CNet. The PC vendor will reportedly recall 500,000 Sony batteries, joining Dell, Apple, and Toshiba, which have initiated recalls for a respective 4.1 million, 1.8 million, and 340,000 Sony batteries over the past few weeks. While this new recall hasn't been officially confirmed, it would likely be a result of an incident at LAX last week where a Lenovo ThinkPad T43 spontaneously caught fire. A Lenovo spokesman later confirmed that the machine indeed contained a Sony battery of the same type as models that had caused similar fires in Dell and Apple notebooks. Lenovo is expected to make an announcement about the recall later today.

Update: As expected, Lenovo and IBM have announced that they will recall 526,000 Sony batteries in ThinkPad notebooks. Affected notebooks include the ThinkPad R51e, R52, R60, R60e, T43, T43p, T60, X60, and X60s. Nearly three quarters of the batteries are in laptops sold outside the United States, with only a remaining 168,500 originating from the U.S. Users of the affected notebooks can check to see if their battery is being recalled by visiting this page on Lenovo's support site.

   
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