Lenovo has issued an Australian product recall for a number of ThinkPad notebooks due to a problem with overheating batteries.
According to a notice published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the lithium-ion batteries in eight ThinkPad models sold from 2010 to 2011 may overheat, posing "the risk of fire and burn hazard to consumers".
The affected models include the Lenovo ThinkPad T510, W510, X100E, X201, X201s, Edge 11, Edge 13 and Mini 10. According to the ACCC notice, only batteries sold between 1 October 2010 and 30 April 2011 are subject to the recall, including Lenovo products with integrated batteries and those sold as standalone and replacement batteries.
This recall follows similar battery problems for the brand in 2009, when Lenovo recalled several ThinkPad models due to some models displaying battery error messages.
To check if your notebook battery needs to be recalled, head to Lenovo's dedicated recall website. There's more information on the products being recalled, and details on the seven-digit assembly part number to look for on the battery. You can also register your details to arrange for a free replacement battery.
If your notebook is being recalled, Lenovo advises that you should immediately turn off your computer, remove the battery and only power the notebook through the AC adaptor and power cord.
For more info, call Lenovo's toll-free consumer information line on 1800 041 021 or visit the brand's website.