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Is a Lenovo recall just around the corner?

Last week, an IBM ThinkPad burst into flames at LAX. Lenovo wasted no time in getting that fiery ThinkPad off to its engineers in Yamato, Japan. To no one’s surprise, the T43 battery was indeed identified as a Sony unit, eWeek confirmed.

 

"Extreme cases of battery failures such as this are very rare in Lenovo notebooks," Ray Gorman, a Lenovo spokesperson said. "Our number one concern is public safety. We've launched an investigation. We will take whatever measures necessary to serve the interest of our customers and public safety."

 

Analysts believe that as statistically insignificant, in terms of failure rate, as this single ThinkPad battery incident is, Lenovo may have no other choice but to follow Dell and Apple in recalling all affected battery units. Stay tuned for more news from Lenovo as it develops.



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RE: Hmmm...
By mindless1 on 9/25/2006 9:40:48 AM , Rating: 2
"Just", no. However, "IF" Dell and other manufacturers were using the very same cells (the specific defective lots) and some products prove more susceptible to the explosion than others, it could be a sign the particlar design subjected the cells to less optimal conditions of heat or current. I don't recall whether there has been any link yet as to what, if anything, will make these defective cells degrade onto the point of failing violently (Or it may just be a matter of how long till they do, these are still relatively newer cells not ran until their expected lifespan was elapsed yet).


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