Last year when Sony dealt with a massive recall of notebook batteries, it was a costly situation they had to deal with. In fact, the recall cost nearly $444 million after the 10 million batteries were taken care of! While Lenovo won’t have 10 million batteries to deal with, they do have 205,000 batteries that have been recalled.
Thus far, five different customers complained about their battery over-heating. This came after the notebook had been dropped or sustained abuse (that’s the first problem!). The batteries shouldn’t be a threat if there hasn’t been abuse, but still need to be replaced.
Here’s what you should look for to determine if your battery is recalled:
- Sold between November 2005 and February 2007 as an option for certain Think Pad IBM Notebook PCs
- The PC would be in series R,T, or Z
- Part number is FRU P/N 92P1131
- Affects nine-cell, extended life version
- Manufactured by Sanyo Electric of Japan
To get your free replacement, Lenovo has set up a web site with details. Prior to this, Sanyo was on top of their game, and for 2006 had no recalls to take care of. This just goes to show that it happens to the best of them!