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Lenovo Voluntarily Recalls Top Laptop Due To Fire Risk

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a noteworthy device: marrying retro looks (iconic slanted ThinkPad logo on the rear, red trackball between the G, H and B keys) with really impressive performance. However, it has emerged that there is a present risk that it could very well spontaneously burst into flames. Lenovo has announced that they would be voluntarily recalling select affected models of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

It is a shame that such a brilliant laptop would have such a fundamental flaw. Fret not – it only affects some models. Image: Lenovo

This issue is apparently caused by a tiny manufacturing defect: an “unfastened screw” that could potentially damage the lithium-ion battery. Potential outcomes include deformation, overheating and combustion of the battery due to internal heat triggered by the damage. It affects 78,000 units in the United States alone.

No laptops, however, have been reported to have actually combusted, thankfully. Lenovo has taken swift action to rectify this, avoiding the spectre that had caused Samsung millions, ruined its reputation, and created an internet meme all in one fell swoop.

If your ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Generation notebook has a Machine Type of 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3 or 20K4, and/or is built between December 2016 and October 2017, do contact your nearest Lenovo service representative. It might save your life – and that latest proposal you had spent two sleepless nights over.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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