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Lenovo recalls 526,000 laptop batteries

Lenovo and IBM have issued a global recall of some 526,000 laptop computer batteries made by Sony after confirming they can overheat and catch fire.

The recall was announced Thursday, days after Lenovo, the world's No. 3 maker of personal computers, confirmed that one of its ThinkPad T43 laptops overheated and caught fire in Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 16.

Lenovo said it will replace the affected batteries free of charge.

The batteries were sold with laptop computers and separately between February 2005 and this month and affect five to 10 per cent of ThinkPad laptops sold in that period, Lenovo said in a statement.

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