Lenovo has recalled its ThinkPad laptops due to fire hazard in the US and Canada. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has listed that about 78,000 units of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth generation model have been affected by this recall.
The report states that the battery hazard is caused by an unfastened screw that can damage the battery leading to overheating. It can also lead to a fire hazard and an immediate repair is recommended for the device. The recall date has been set at February 6, 2018 and it states that out of 78,000 units, around 5,500 units were sold in Canada.
The recall involves 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th generation laptops sold in silver and black color options. It also notes that the product name will be “5th generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon” and the machine type will be 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3 or 20K4 while the serial number will be printed on the bottom of the laptop. The affected laptops were manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017 and consumers can see the manufacturing date codes on the bottom of the laptop.
The owners of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th generation should immediately visit https://support.lenovo.com/X1C_5GEN_RECALL to see if their laptop is included in the recall. The consumers can also get assistance in locating the nearest authorized center for inspection and repair. “If the laptop is included in the recall, stop using it immediately,” the US CPSC said on its website.
There have been no reports of overheating or fire hazard caused by the affected ThinkPad model in the US but owners should of X1 Carbon 5th generation should immediately check if their devices are affected and get them repaired. Since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle where the phone was identified to catch fire and was discontinued from retail sale, the battery hazard has found a new prominence among consumers.
Recently, an Apple iPhone caught fire at a Zurich store last month, followed by another report of an iPhone battery catching fire. Apple even admitted that it slowed down performance of old iPhone models to ensure the battery does not degrade heavily at peak performance.
It is a known fact that lithium-ion batteries are susceptible to fire when exposed to an alien element and battery manufacturers have taken steps to ensure they circumvent the issue. With li-ion batteries becoming part of every device including smart toothbrushes, consumers themselves need to be careful and follow proper charging practices to ensure the devices don’t become hazardous after use.