Lenovo Announces Battery Recall

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 1 /CNW/ - Lenovo, in cooperation with
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, today announced the voluntary
recall of approximately 205,000 extended-life, 9-cell battery packs. In the
interests of public safety, Lenovo will offer customers free-of-charge
replacements for all recalled battery packs.
    Lenovo has confirmed that notebook computers containing the recalled
battery packs may overheat, posing a potential safety hazard to users if the
battery pack experiences a strong external impact. Lenovo advises customers to
determine if they are using one of the recalled battery packs.

    Lenovo sold the battery packs with new notebook computers or as optional
or replacement battery packs on the models listed below.

    (*) R60 and R60e Series
    (*) T60 and T60p Series
    (*) Z60m, Z61e, Z61m, and Z61p Series

    These models may have shipped with either regular or extended-life 9-cell
battery packs; only some of the larger, extended-life, 9-cell battery packs
with the part number FRU P/N 92P1131 are being recalled.
    Consumers who have battery packs affected by this recall and who intend
to transport their ThinkPad or use it in a manner that may subject it to a
strong external impact, should continue to use their computer by turning off
the system, removing the battery, and only power the ThinkPad by plugging in
the AC adapter and power cord. Customers should use only genuine ThinkPad
battery packs obtained from either Lenovo or an authorized reseller.

    Customer Contact Information

    Customers should contact Lenovo to determine if the battery pack used in
their notebook PC is subject to this recall. Please visit
www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram or call the Service Center at 1-800-426-7378.
International support numbers are available at

    In Canada, customers can call the PC HelpCentre at 1-800-565-3344, or
416-383-3344 in the local Toronto calling area, or visit our website,
www.lenovo.com/batteryprogram for assistance.)

For further information:

For further information: Dave Paolini, (416) 383-4974,

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