ThinkCentre desktop PCs recalled, pose fire hazard

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The Lenovo corporation will voluntarily recall its ThinkCentre M70z and M90z model desktop computers due to a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.

The ThinkCentre M70z and M90z models can overheat because of a malfunctioning internal component in the power supply creating a fire hazard. The Leonovo corporation, based in Morrisville, NC, has received two complaints related to the ThinkCentre: one incident of the unit smoking, and one of it actually catching fire. Currently, there are no reports of injuries. This recall affects more than 50,000 units.

The ThinkCentre is a single-unit desktop model, integrating the PC components and power supply into the flat-panel monitor. The model number, manufacturing date, and serial number are all listed on the bottom of the unit. Double check the serial number with Lenovo, because only some units are being recalled. The brand name ThinkCentre can be found in the lower left-hand corner of the monitor’s matte black frame.

If you own one of these computers, discontinue use, disconnect the unit from the wall, and contact Lenovo for further instructions. The company is currently replacing all malfunctioning power supplies at no charge to the consumer.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney I realize the seriousness of a fire hazard caused by a defective product. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a malfunctioning piece of technology, I urge you to consider discussing your case with a licensed personal injury lawyer.