Lenovo is recalling some 1600,000 all-in-one desktop PCs due to a fire hazard, not the initial 50,500 as reported last Thursday in a joint announcement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ThinkCentre all-in-one PC models are involved. The ThinkCentres, which are machines that pack the processor, power supply and infrastructure of the PC inside the monitor housing.

Lenovo upped the number in an announcement on its website posted after the US CPSC announcement.

The world’s No. 2 PC maker also acknowledged two cases of “fire” that damaged a PC.

In the initial announcement, Lenovo and the government noted one example of fire and one of smoke.

Lenovo’s announcement reads:

“In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lenovo is voluntarily recalling 160,000 ThinkCentre M70z and ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs worldwide sold 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 posing a fire hazard. Lenovo has received two customer reports worldwide of fire that resulted in damage to the PC.

“Lenovo recommends that you should immediately stop using the affected desktop PC, and unplug the power cord. Only certain of the ThinkCentre M90z and M70z PCs sold in this timeframe are affected, and all of the affected systems can be identified by machine type and serial number.

“Effective immediately, Lenovo is offering free power-supply replacements for all affected ThinkCentre M90z and ThinkCentre M70z all-in-one desktop PCs. You can use this page to determine whether your ThinkCentre M70z or ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one desktop PC is affected by the recall. Lenovo greatly appreciates your business and apologizes for the inconvenience caused by these issues.”

The original announcement read: ”Hazard: A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard.”

Owners are encouraged to stop using the machines and call Lenovo.

“Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the computers, unplug the power supply and contact the firm to determine if your computer is included in the recall and to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the power supply,” the recall notice reads.

Models affected are M70z and M90z.

“Only certain of the M70z and M90z computers built in this time frame are affected,” the CPSC said. “Consumers will need to check the serial number on their computer with Lenovo to determine if it is subject to this recall.”

The machines were manufactured in Mexico and were sold between May 2011 and January 2012.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, Lenovo sold nearly 12 million computers of all brands.

The full recall notice follows:

Lenovo Recalls ThinkCentre Desktop Computers Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z computers

Units: About 50,500

Hazard: A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

Manufacturer/Importer: Lenovo, of Morrisville, N.C.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the U.S. No injuries have been reported. Description: 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. The 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.

 

Models Date Codes

M70z 1001 to 1012
and
M90z
1101 to 1112
001 to 012
101 to 112

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

Sold at: Online at Lenovo’s websites, by telephone and direct sales through Lenovo authorized distributors nationwide from May 2011 through January 2012 for about $500 for the M70z model and $800 for the M90z model.

Manufactured in: Mexico

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

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lenovo toll-free at (855)248-2194 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.lenovo.com/aiopsurecall .

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