IBM Corp. and Lenovo Inc. are recalling over half a million battery packs for its ThinkPad notebook computers equipped with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Corp.
Lenovo has received one confirmed report of a battery overheating and causing a fire that damaged notebook computer. The incident occurred in an airport terminal as the user was boarding an airplane, producing enough smoke to require use of a fire extinguisher.
The recalled lithium-ion battery packs were sold either separately as accessories or with ThinkPad notebook computers designated T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s). The recalled batteries cover 12 part numbers with prefix designations 92P or 93P.
According to the notice, customers should log on to Lenovo's Web site to determine if the battery is part of the recall. Customers are advised to stop using the recalled batteries and contact Lenovo to receive a replacement battery.
The recall is the latest in a series of laptop failures involving Sony batteries. Dell, Apple, and Toshiba have all issued recalls.