We don’t know who Sony was expecting Christmas cards from this year, but we’re pretty sure Dell, Apple and Toshiba have crossed them off the list. Now Lenovo has one less card to buy too…
The Chinese computer maker, who shocked the world in 2004 when it bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25bn, has announced it will be recalling over half a million laptops because of potentially defective Sony batteries.
526,000 ThinkPads have officially been targeted with the company specifically going after R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e), T Series (T43, T43p, T60) and X Series (X60, X60s) models. Furthermore, Lenovo says that any R4x or R5x machines can use the potentially defective Sony batteries so owners who requested replacement batteries between February 2005 and September 2006 may also be affected.
Battery part numbers can be seen printed on the back of the battery (see photo above) though Lenovo is offering an automated detection system here. Note it can only be run once on a machine and requires a file to be downloaded.
An dedicated emergency page has been set up here.
Adding to all these potentially crotch sizzling stresses is news that Dell will recall an extra 100,000 batteries after receiving ‘additional information’ from Sony. That said, currently no new model numbers have been added to those listed in the existing announcement.
So we’re up to nearly seven million machines recalled worldwide and still not a single recall from Sony itself. Watch this space…!