About 78,000 Lenovo ThinkPad laptops sold in the U.S. are being recalled, due to a risk that the battery may overheat, posing a potential fire risk.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on February 6. To date, there have been no reports of fires or injuries.
According to the recall notice, the laptops have an unfastened screw which could damage the battery. This could cause the battery to overheat, resulting in an increased risk of fire.
The recall affects 14 inch ThinkPad X1Carbon 5th Generation laptops. They were sold in silver and black, and the product name “5th Generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon” as well as the machine type 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3 or 20K4 and the serial number are printed on the bottom of the laptop. The recalled ThinkPads have manufacturing dates from 16/12 through 17/10, which can also be found on the bottom of the laptops.
There were about 78,000 units sold in the U.S., and an additional 5,500 were sold in Canada.
The recalled laptops were manufactured by Lenovo PC, of Hong Kong, and impprted by Lenovo Inc., of Morrisville, North Carolina. They were sold from December 2016 through November 2017 at Lenovo.com, CDW, Insight, Connection, Zones, and by other PC resellers for between $1,100 and $2,600.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately visit https://support.lenovo.com/X1C_5GEN_RECALL to check to see if their laptop is included in the recall, as well as to find assistance in locating the nearest authorized Lenovo repair center to have the device inspected and repaired. The commission also recommends that if the laptop is included in the recall that consumers stop using it immediately.