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Two more PC makers recall Sony-made battery packs

Posted: 03 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sony? IBM? Lenovo? ThinkPad? Li-ion batteries?

IBM Corp. and Lenovo Inc. are recalling over half a million battery packs for its ThinkPad notebook computers equipped with rechargeable Li-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Corp.

The recall, conducted in cooperation with the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), involves 168,500 battery packs in the United States and an additional 357,500 battery packs worldwide, according to a notice on CPSC's website.

According to the notice, Lenovo has received one confirmed report of a battery overheating and causing a fire that damaged a 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. No injuries were reported, though there was minor property damage.

The recalled Li-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 Website to determine if the battery is part of the recall. Customers are advised to stop using the recalled batteries and contact the company to receive a replacement battery.

The recall is the latest in a series of laptop failures involving Sony batteries. Last month, Toshiba said it would exchange faulty Sony battery packs used in about 340,000 of its laptops. In August, both Dell and Apple Computer recalled over 5 million laptop PCs also powered by Sony battery packs, due to reports of overheating and fires.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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