The PR nightmare continues for Sony, this time Lenovo is recalling 500,000 Sony made lithium ion batteries sold with recent ThinkPad notebooks. In an event last month a man’s ThinkPad T43 laptop went up in flames at Los Angeles airport which lead to the investigation that has resulted in this recall.
The recall is occurring because these batteries can overheat and pose potential fire hazard as witnessed at LAX airport. 168,500 of the recalled battery packs were sold in the U.S. while 357,500 were sold elsewhere in the world. If you have a ThinkPad T series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); or X Series (X60, X60s) purchased between February 2005 and September 2006 you should check for the following part numbers on your battery:
Affected Part/model numbers:
ASM P/N FRU P/N
92P1170 92P1169 or 93P5028
92P1174 92P1173 or 93P5030
I myself have a ThinkPad T43 notebook and upon checking it looks like my battery is in the clear:
ThinkPad T43 battery that is thankfully unaffected by the recall (view large image)
ThinkPad T43 next to lithium ion battery that is apparently safe from catching fire (view large image)
The ASM P/N number on my battery is 92P1086 and the FRU P/N is 92P1087 and so falls just outside of the affected numbers. At least, I hope they’re right about my battery being okay…
If your notebook battery does fall under these recall part numbers then you can contact Lenovo at 1-800-426-7378 or visit their website at http://www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram to get further information and determine if the battery definitely is one that needs to be replaced by Lenovo. The Consumer Protection Agency is recommending that those with affected batteries do not use these batteries as a measure of safety.