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Lenovo Expands ThinkCentre Desktop Recall; Still Fire Hazard

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Lenovo's ThinkCentre AIO PC recall now includes an additional 13,000 units.

Back in March, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall of Lenovo's all-in-one ThinkCentre M70z and M90z computers. The recall was the result of a defect in an internal component of the power supply which could overheat and pose a fire hazard. The firm said it received reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the U.S., but no actual injuries to consumers.

Now just over a month later, Lenovo has expanded its recall to include additional systems and manufacturing dates. It now includes machines with date codes between 1201 and 1203, and machines with date codes 201 to 203. Previously the recall included M70z and M90z models with date codes of 1001 to 1012, 1101 to 1112, 001 to 012, and 101 to 112.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the computers, unplug the power supply and contact the firm to determine if your computer is included in the recall and to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply," the agency stated on Tuesday. "Because additional systems and manufacturing dates have been added to the recall, even those customers who contacted Lenovo regarding the March 2012 recall should contact Lenovo again to verify if their system is part of this expanded program."

The March recall averaged around 50,500 AIO PCs sold between May 2010 and January 2012, whereas the extension now adds 13,000 ThinkCentre units that were sold between May 2010 and March 2012, adding two months to the original window. Consumers who purchased one of these AIOs in that timeframe are requested to check the serial number on their computer with Lenovo to determine if it is subject to this recall. The desktop model numbers along with the serial number and manufacturing date code can be found on a label on the underside of the unit.

"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product," the firm stated in the recall notice. "Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov."

Consumers who have determined that their AIO PC fits within the recall should contact Lenovo immediately to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply. Lenovo can be contacted at (855) 248-2194 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.lenovo.com/aiopsurecall.

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    aftcomet , April 25, 2012 1:40 AM
    I've always immensely despised AIOs. The whole point of a PC is freedom. Hell, I wish there was a way to build our own laptops!

    That's why when I hear about how they're being replaced with tablets and such closed designs I get worried.
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    alhanelem , April 25, 2012 2:23 AM
    are they sure its a hardware defect that causes the fire issue or just people setting them on fire from sheer frustration...
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    moonzy , April 25, 2012 6:28 AM
    Well, um... Let's hear some resolve on this, like Lenovo decides to use better quality PSUs
    in the immediate future, so this like won't happen again.

    Lenovo is only the enterprise leader in PCs. Hello, CEO?! Anyone listening?
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    zulutech , April 25, 2012 7:49 AM
    Even cheap PSUs should not malfunction like this. It's a matter of faulty circuitry, not necessarily cheap components.
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    A Bad Day , April 25, 2012 11:45 AM
    So much for attempting to OC them...
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    hoof_hearted , April 25, 2012 3:57 PM
    Does ones ability to play Angry Birds count as tech savy?
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    hoof_hearted , April 25, 2012 4:01 PM
    Ignore last comment.

    Toms:
    Strange thing. After pressing "submit my comment" while on another article, your system switched me to this article and submitted my comment here.