Lenovo recalls laptops due to fire risk

by Jared Lewis February 9, 2018, 1:54
Lenovo recalls laptops due to fire risk

Models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon built between December 2016 and October 2017 are affected. If not dealt with, the flaw could damage the battery, which in turn could cause the notebook to overheat and potentially become a fire hazard.

Lenovo has announced a recall for some of its 5th-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops.

Lenovo is recalling its ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop due to a loose screw found inside the machine that could cause some serious damage to the battery. If affected, people are asked to immediately stop using the laptop and to then locate a repair center for inspection and fixes. Besides, users can visit Lenovo's website to check and confirm if their laptop is affected or not. This causes rapid overheating and failure of the battery, with three systems reported to have failed in the field. Lenovo issued a press statement this morning instating a worldwide recall on the device. The machine types noted by the company are - 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3, 20K4. The number of affected laptop units is estimated to be 83,500.

Thousands of laptops are being recalled because of a potential fire hazard. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already available in select markets at a starting price of $1,709.

The recall only now covers the U.S. and Canada, so people further afield with the ThinkPads should be in the clear as the manufacturing flaw seems to have only affected around 78,000. The page will show the device's recall status. At the moment, there are no reports of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon overheating in the US.

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