The recall comes nearly two weeks after a report of a Thinkpad notebook catching fire at a Los Angeles airport. The computer maker boasted in a press release that it had acted "swiftly" on the incident.
The affected batteries were sold separately as well as bundled with new T, X and R series Thinkpad notebooks between February 2005 and September 2006.
The recall affects five to 10 per cent of all the notebooks that Lenovo sold in that period.
Lenovo has released a software utility that helps users to determine whether their battery is affected by the recall. The company promises to replace the batteries free of charge.
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