The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is a notebook . It is lightweight, powerful and with a retro design that appeals to the most nostalgic. But there is the possibility of it catching fire, as the manufacturer itself announced today.
The recall notice was issued by Lenovo in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). According to the Commission, the recall affects approximately 78,000 laptops in the States and 5,500 in Canada.
Lenovo says the problem was noticed when three different users reported that the batteries of their Thinkpad X1 Carbons were overheating. The affected notebooks were manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017.
The problem is caused by a “small loose bolt left in the unit during manufacturing”. The screw could damage the laptop battery, and as the lithium-ion batteries are very delicate, it could cause a thermal uncontrol, which results in deformation, overheating the battery, which can lead to a fire.
However, Lenovo says no notebook has caught fire so far and that it “has not received reports of damage to people or property other than laptops.”
However, there is still a chance that this will happen and Lenovo has described how you can find out if your model has been affected and what you need to do to fix it. Details are on this page , with instructions in English.
It’s an important recall, but it’s not the first of its kind.