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Lenovo, IBM Recall ThinkPad Battery Packs

The recall of more than half a million rechargeable lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony follows a recent incident in which a battery overheated and caused a fire that damaged a Lenovo notebook computer.

MANHASSET, N.Y. — 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.

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

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 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. Earlier this month, Toshiba said it would exchange faulty Sony battery packs used in about 340,000 of its laptops.

In August, Dell and Apple Computer recalled over 5 million laptop PCs also powered by Sony lithium-ion battery packs, due to reports of overheating and fires.

In response to the mounting recalls, Sony said in a statement Thursday afternoon it would initiate a global replacement program to deal with replacing the defective batteries.

Sony said it has previously supported the Dell and Apple laptop battery recalls.

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