updated 04:40 pm EDT, Fri August 14, 2009
Lenovo recalls batteries
PC maker Lenovo has began recalling certain batteries used in its ThinkPad notebooks, Chinese daily DigiTimes reported on Friday. The possibly affected notebooks include the ThinkPad R60, R61, T60, T61, X60 and X61, though the issue isn't thought to be safety related. Some of the batteries may not be able to be charged or suffer from irreparable damage, Lenovo said. The company has provided users with a downloadable diagnostic tool that will show whether their battery qualifies for a replacement.
Unnamed sources at battery makers said the issue is likely to be with the battery cells, which were not produced by Taiwanese firms. Their actual nation of origin isn't known, though many notebook batteries are made by Sony for other firms.