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Govt flags Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook recall

Govt flags Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook recall

Distributed via Dicker Data, Ingram Micro, Synnex Australia and Lenovo

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a recall notice for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks over overheating hazard and fire risk concerns.

The Chinese vendor had already issued a global recall in February, after identifying that an unfastened screw could damage the battery, causing overheating and a fire risk on model numbers: 20HQ; 20HR; 20K3 and 20K4.

The ACCC issued its warning on 8 March.

The models were sold via Dicker Data, Ingram Micro, Synnex Australia and Lenovo from 1 December 2016 to 31 October 2017.

The ACCC said customers should immediately unplug and stop using the system, and contact Lenovo.

To confirm if a particular ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth generation laptop is affected, customers should visit the recall site.

The Chinese PC maker recently advised that its short-term financial outlook was challenging after experiencing a loss in the third quarter, mainly resulting from a one-off charge of US$400 million due to recent US tax reforms.

The reforms were signed into law in December, lowering the income tax rate for US firms to 21 per cent from 35 per cent.

Lenovo, a unit of Legend Holdings, reported a loss of US$289 million for the three months to December, versus a US$98 million profit a year ago. 

The company's revenue for the quarter was US$12.94 billion, up slightly from US$12.17 billion a year ago.

However, Lenovo expressed confidence it could drive growth and that US corporate tax cuts would "positively impact" future earnings of its operations in the country.

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