Lenovo has issued a voluntary global recall for a limited number of fifth generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks that were manufactured before 1 November 2017.
The reason behind Lenovo’s recall stems from a problem with an unfastened screw within the machine. If not dealt with, the flaw could damage the battery, which in turn could cause the notebook to overheat and potentially become a fire hazard.
So far, there haven’t been any reports of fires caused by this defect, but three device failures have caused Lenovo to investigate and issue a recall. The “manufacturing process lapse” has since been fixed, leaving only devices manufactured in a specific time frame to be affected by this global recall.
Specifically, the recall applies to all fifth generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017. If your X1 Carbon happens to have a machine-type identification bearing the codes 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3, or 20K4, you may want to send in your notebook to Lenovo – the costs for inspecting and repairing the units will be free of charge.
Most importantly, those who own these notebooks are advised to immediately stop using them until they have been sent in for inspection. To check if your notebook is affected, you can do so at Lenovo’s dedicated support page.