Lenovo recalls misbehaving ThinkPad batteries

— 11:40 AM on August 14, 2009

How about that—a battery recall that doesn't involve explosions and fire (as far as we're aware, at least). Lenovo has issued a recall for certain batteries in ThinkPad 60- and 61-series notebooks, which fail to either charge or hold a charge.

More specifically, affected batteries exhibit the following symptoms, in the company's words:

  • Irreparable damage or battery cannot be charged error message from Power Manager or Message Center, or
  • Low battery capacity, as indicated by short battery run time or sudden drops in the battery fuel gauge
  • These problems apply to ThinkPad R60, R61, T60, T61, X60, and X61 laptops. You can hit the recall information page to see if your battery has one of the model numbers listed, or you can download Lenovo's Battery Diagnostic Tool. The tool can identify affected batteries and direct users to a site where they can request a replacement.

    Lenovo is quick to add that the problem that prompted the recall "does not pose a safety hazard."

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