Journal NOW: Lenovo recall is latest involving fire risk for lithium-ion batteries

Blog Post created by averzoni Employee on Feb 8, 2018

Lenovo and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Tuesday a recall involving about 80,000 of the Chinese technology company's best-selling laptops.
The fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops were recalled because a small screw was left unfastened inside certain units, according to the CPSC. The unfastened screw can damage the laptop's lithium-ion battery, potentially causing it to overheat and catch fire. Although there have been no reports of fires caused by the defect, the CPSC advised consumers who own the defective units to "stop using them immediately."
In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, I reported a similar recall involving hoverboards powered by lithium-ion batteries, as well as new research that explores using lithium-ion batteries infused with a flame-retardant chemical to lessen the fire risk. Read the article here.
ANGELO VERZONI is staff writer for NFPA Journal.