Flaming LAX laptop was a Lenovo ThinkPad

“A burning laptop that frightened passengers at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend was a ThinkPad, Lenovo confirmed Wednesday, and that notebook ships with Sony’s battery technology,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET.

“The incident, described by a poster at the Web site Something Awful, involved a passenger running back up the jetway as a plane was boarding with a smoking laptop that eventually caught fire,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “Lenovo dispatched a team of investigators to Los Angeles within 12 hours of the incident, and confirmed that the laptop was a ThinkPad T43, said Ray Gorman, a company spokesman.”

“Because the area of the computer containing the battery was severely burned as a result of the incident, Lenovo has yet to confirm that the ThinkPad T43 was using one of Sony’s batteries, Gorman said,” Krazit reports. “That model does ship with Sony’s batteries, but some notebook users choose to use different batteries after they purchase the system, he said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s discontinued iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 models are the two Apple products affected by battery recall. Those models – which used lithium-ion batteries – have since been replaced by the lithium-polymer battery-powered MacBook and MacBook Pro products respectively.

Apple products affected:
Computer model name – Battery model number – Battery serial numbers
12-inch iBook G4 – A1061 – ZZ338 – ZZ427, 3K429 – 3K611, 6C519 – 6C552 ending with S9WA, S9WC or S9WD
12-inch PowerBook G4 – A1079 – ZZ411 – ZZ427, 3K428 – 3K611
15-inch PowerBook G4 – 3K425 – 3K601, 6N530 – 6N551 ending with THTA, THTB, or THTC, 6N601 ending with THTC

More info: Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4

Related articles:
Toshiba recalls 340,000 Sony-made laptop batteries – September 19, 2006
Virgin Atlantic bans use of all Apple, Dell notebook batteries in-flight – September 18, 2006
Korean Air bans use of Apple PowerBooks, iBooks, and all Dell laptop models during flight – September 05, 2006
Dell Japan President blames Sony for recall of fire hazardous batteries – August 29, 2006
Sony-made battery fire in discontinued Apple notebook computer reported in Japan – August 29, 2006
Apple to recall 1.8 million Sony-made iBook G4, PowerBook G4 batteries – August 24, 2006
Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others working on battery standard – August 23, 2006
Qantas first airline to restrict in-flight Dell laptop use due to fire-prone batteries – August 23, 2006
Dell and Sony knew about battery problems nearly a year ago, waited for catastrophic failures – August 21, 2006
Dell issues largest safety recall in history: 4.1 million laptop batteries due to fire threat – August 14, 2006
Another Dell laptop goes up in flames – July 28, 2006
Dell laptop fires may have been downplayed – July 22, 2006
NY Times: Dell’s exploding laptop and other image problems – July 10, 2006
Dell laptop explodes into flames at Japanese conference – June 21, 2006


  1. Anyone running towards the terminal carrying “something” smoking has a good chance of being shot and killed by security. Color me VERY paranoid over trigger happy cops. I’d ditched that laptop on the floor instantly and moved away from it.

  2. Lucifer created Lenovo, and Sony batteries for that matter.

    I’m on Apple’s Board of Directors (in the background). Needless to say, all the right decisions are being made at Apple.

    Who do you think told them to quietly recall the G4 batteries?

  3. I wonder if Lenovo will do the right thing and also issue a battery recall. Toshiba, too.

    And will Virgin extend its ban on notebooks, especially considering these are actual examples of notebooks catching on fire, not just a theoretical tendency?

    That being said, people affected by the battery recall really need to make sure their batteries are replaced!!

  4. WOW. Sony is going to pay and lot´s.
    First Dell then Apple and Toshiba and now IBM/Lenovo. Great work ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”angry” style=”border:0;” />

    Sony ruined laptop users. Now we can´t get those machines inside a plane. Trans Atlantic flight is now borings as hell.

    I really wan´t to see Sony to recall all of their Vaio´s just for the case of justice.

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