If you’ve got a relatively new Lenovo laptop you may want to get it checked out. Lenovo has issued a recall of more than 80,000 of its Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon laptops sold throughout 2016 and 2017 after fears the battery is causing the laptop to overheat, potentially even catching fire.
The issue stems from a manufacturing error rather than a faulty battery. A small unfastened screw has been left in some of the laptops and it can potentially get wedged between the battery and the display, puncturing the Lithium-Ion battery. This can cause the Thinkpad battery to short-circuit and overheat, representing a possible fire risk.
Lenovo has recently become aware of the issue and said it has had no reports of actual fires of injuries yet, although the possibility is there. Instead, users are reporting the overheating battery has simply fried their laptop, rendering it useless.
If you own a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon bought between December 2016 and November 2017, Lenovo is recommending you stop using the device immediately and send it into their free repair service.
Since discovering the issue, Lenovo has fixed the root cause on the manufacturing end so any laptops bought after November 2017 should be OK.