Loose screws: Partial recall of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017
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The year 2018 is now a little more than one month old – time for the first recall. In this case, the recall affects the world's second largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo. The affected laptop is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017, which just happens to be Lenovo's flagship clamshell-laptop.
Recalls are often being done because of faulty batteries or other battery related issues. This is also the case here, although the battery itself isn't faulty. The issue apparently comes from a loose screw inside some X1 Carbon units, which might scratch and damage the internal battery. Theoretically that might lead to burning or exploding batteries, which is why Lenovo started this voluntary recall. Apparently, there were three cases in which X1 Carbon 2017 laptops were damaged because of overheating connected with this issue.
Luckily, not all X1 Carbon 2017 units are affected. All units made on or after the 1st November 2017 are not affected by this issue and not part of the recall. Users with an X1 Carbon 2017 made before this date can use the Lenovo Support site to check if their unit is affected and thus eligible for a free inspection and repair service.