If you bought a Thinkpad sometime between October 2010 to April 2011 and still have it, best be aware that Lenovo's made a massive recall of Thinkpad batteries sold around that time.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) announced Lenovo's massive recall of batteries last Thursday, with a full list of the battery packs and models affected.
Over 34,500 laptop battery packs were recalled in the US and 2,900 in Canada. The amount of batteries recalled in China dwarfs that number at an astounding 115,000.
Be prepared with precautions
Which laptops are affected? The laptops involved are Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series.
To check if your battery pack is affected, look for a white sticker below the bar code on on the battery pack. The packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit listed: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.
Unless you want a fiery incident to happen, take the CSPC's advice and remove the battery immediately. Replacement policies might differ depending on the terms of your purchase, so pick up that phone, call your friendly neighbourhood Lenovo service centre or authorised resellers.