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Recall of the Week: Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop computers due to fire hazard


By Rita R. Robison

About 50,500 Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z desktop computers are being recalled by Lenovo.

12129aA defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Lenovo received reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the U.S. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled all-in-one desktop computers, or PCs, are flat-panel monitors with the PC integrated into the monitor housing itself. The power supplies are also inside the monitor or PC housing.

12129cThe computer chassis has a matte black finish with the brand name "ThinkCentre" in the lower left hand corner of the monitor front. The recalled desktop model numbers are M90z and M70z along with the serial number and manufacturing date code can be found on a label on the underside of the unit.

Only some of the M70z and M90z computers built in this time period are affected. Consumers will need to check the serial number on their computer with Lenovo to determine if it’s subject to this recall.

Manufactured in Mexico, the computers were sold online at Lenovo’s websites, by telephone, and by direct sales through Lenovo authorized distributors nationwide from May 2010 through January 2012. The cost was about $500 for the M70z model and $800 for the M90z model.

Consumers should immediately stop using the computers, unplug the power supply, and contact the Lenovo to determine if your computer is included in the recall and to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply, the company and commission advise.

For additional information, contact Lenovo toll-free at 855-248-2194 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Just imagine it catches fire at night and the whole house burns down! Would they (or their insurance) pay for the damage?

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