OWNERS OF TWO MODELS of Lenovo's Thinkcentre all-in-one desktops have been warned that some of the PCs have been spontaneously combusting, leading to a global recall.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned that a defect in an internal component in the power supply of Thinkcentre M70z and M90z models can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
According to the US safety watchdog there have been a reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the North America. No injuries have been reported.
Lenovo told The INQUIRER that it is voluntarily recalling 160,000 Thinkcentre M70z and M90z all-in-one desktop PCs sold worldwide between May 2010 and January 2012.
"Lenovo has determined that due to a failure of the power supply in the affected all-in-one PCs, the system can overheat and pose a fire hazard. Lenovo has received two customer reports of fire that resulted in damage to the PC," said Charlotte West, Lenovo's head of UK media relations and executive communications.
She added that, effective immediately, Lenovo is offering free power-supply replacements for all affected desktops. "Lenovo greatly appreciates our customers' business and apologises for the inconvenience caused by these issues."
The US CPSC said that owners should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It also went on to warn that it is now illegal to resell or attempt to resell these models in the US.
Only some of the M70z and M90z computers are affected. Consumers will need to check the serial number on their computer with Lenovo to determine if it is subject to this recall. Details are listed at the Lenovo support web site. µ