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Fire Hazards Prompt ThinkPad Recall

Fire Hazards Prompt ThinkPad Recall

The product liability lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION advise the public of a recent, voluntary product recall initiated on or about March 27, 2014, involving Lenovo battery packs. The product recall number for this event is 14-142. The recall of these various, ThinkPad notebook computer battery packs was instituted in conjunction and cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC").

These Lenovo battery packs currently number approximately 34,500 in current distribution within the United States. There are an additional 3,000 such units in distribution within Canada. The product defect associated with these various units involves the battery packs' tendencies to overheat while in use, thereby resulting in localized melting. This condition poses an obvious fire and burn injury hazard.

For product identification purposes, the following Lenovo battery packs sold with the below, indicated series, are involved in this product recall:

Edge 11, 13 and 14 series;

T410, T420, T510 and W510 series; and

X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series.

It is important to note that the individual battery packs were sold separately, as well. The colors additionally vary, with the black-colored battery packs measuring approximately eight to eleven inches in length, and additionally one to three inches in width. They are approximately one inch in height.

With regard to the individual battery packs themselves, we list below the associated part numbers - these can be found starting with the 4th digit in a series of letters and numbers found on white stickers under the bar codes, themselves:

  • 42T4695
  • 42T4711
  • 42T4798
  • 42T4804
  • 42T4812
  • 42T4822
  • 42T4828
  • 42T4834
  • 42T4840
  • 42T4890

Lenovo is already in receipt of multiple reports from the field of these battery packs overheating and resulting in property damage. These recalled products were sold at retail at various electronics and computer stores, as well as online at www.lenovo.com and other such dealers and distributor websites. They were sold nationally from the periods October 2010 up to April of 2011. They retailed at ranges between $350 and $3,000 (when sold in conjunction withThinkPad notebook computers). Also, as previously mentioned, these were sold separately. When these various, recalled battery packs were sold separately, they retailed between $80 and $150. These recalled products were imported by Lenovo Inc., of Morrisville, North Carolina, and manufactured in China.

The product defect attorneys at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION have extensive experience with and are experts at fire litigation and related, fire cause and origin and forensic investigations. Attorney David Shoop has been investigating fire scenes and litigating fires and casualty cases for over a decade in California and throughout the nation.

David Shoop has investigated scores of fire scenes and has recovered millions of dollars for burn injury victims. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") Research Committee and has prepared numerous lectures on NFPA 921 standards application and evidentiary-related issues.

For catastrophic injury and burn cases, care should be taken to retain a law firm that has significant experience and has a track record of proven success. If you or a family member has been catastrophically injured by a defective product, contact the experience team at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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