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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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By Spivonious on 9/25/2006 9:52:48 AM , Rating: 2
I just got a new laptop from HP (who, as far as i know, haven't had any battery troubles). It runs super cool and I can actually keep it on my lap without burning my flesh. I upgraded from an old Gateway. The battery in the Gateway got so hot that I felt uncomfortable leaving it on the table for very long, let alone my lap, as the surface would quickly reach hot temperatures.

As I imagine the batteries are similar in type and construction, what could cause this vast difference in heat? My experience leads me to side with Sony on this one, and say that Dell, et. al should have better cooling systems in place for the battery. That way the few batteries produced that may be slightly under spec won't explode into flames.

RE: Interesting
By ajfink on 9/25/2006 10:44:03 AM , Rating: 2
I think Sony has admitted errors on their end of things.

And I, too, have an HP laptop that I have had almost no issues with (clicking hard drive, which I replaced with a 7200 RPM model). But it hasn't exploded.

RE: Interesting
By DFranch on 9/25/2006 12:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
So Dell, Apple, and now IBM are having problems but only with SONY batteries, but you think it is Dell, Apple, and IBM's fault. Well there's no fighting logic like that.

RE: Interesting
By adam92682 on 9/25/06, Rating: 0
RE: Interesting
By Xietsu on 9/25/2006 9:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
That's completely wrong man. They are customers, too -- the fact of the matter doesn't see negation just because they are corporate. If Sony is to deliver a product, it needs to function and operate as specified. Should it not, it is then the responsibility of the developer (or other affiliated agent) to direct responses for any arisen adversities. The only possible way it would be in the realm of the mainstream distributors (whos' products include such an accessory) were the desired doings of said item to necessitate extra cooling.

RE: Interesting
By Xietsu on 9/26/2006 11:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, replace "were" in the last sentence with "is if".

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