Lenovo has started a recall of its ThinkPad notebook computer battery packs as they pose a fire hazard caused by overheating, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today (via Computerworld).

About 34,500 battery packs in the US and 2,900 in Canada sold with these Thinkpad computers will be recalled: the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series. No injuries have been reported, but Lenovo has received two reports of the battery packs overheating, resulting in damages to the computer and battery pack.

A Xinhua report says that Lenovo is also recalling 117,732 Thinkpad batteries in China — for the Edge11, Edge13, T410, X100e, X201 and X201s series manufactured between October 2010 and April 2011 — according to a General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine statement.

Fire hazard forces Lenovo recall of ThinkPad batteries [Computerworld]

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