A faulty component in the all-in-one systems' power supplies poses a safety risk, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Lenovo is recalling about 50,500 desktop PCs that U.S.
regulators say pose a fire hazard.
In an alert issued March 8, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission announced that Lenovo, the worlds second-largest PC maker, agreed
to recall ThinkCentre M70z and M90z all-in-one desktop systems due to a defect
in an internal component in the power supply. The component can overheat, which
could pose a fire hazard, according to the agency.
In the alert, the commission said that Lenovo had received
two reports about problems in the United Statesone that involved a fire and
another that was characterized as a smoke incident. No injuries were
The commission described the all-in-one systems as being 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 ... M90z and
M70z ... along with the serial number and manufacturing date code can be found on a
label on the underside of the unit.
The commission said the recall affects only certain M70z and
M90z desktops. The systems were sold between May 2010 and January. For the
M70z, the date codes for the impacted systems are 1001 to 1012. For the M90z,
the date codes are 1101 to 1112, 001 to 012, and 101 to 112.
Users should check the serial number of the system with
Lenovo to determine if their PC is part of the recall, the agencys alert said.
The affected systems were sold via Lenovos Webites as well as by telephone and
direct sales, the commission said.
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 agency said.
Lenovo is No. 2
in a PC market
that finds itself increasingly under pressure from a growing variety of other
devices, in particular, tablets. According to market research firm Gartner, in
2011, Lenovo shipped more than 45.7 million PCs, second to Hewlett-Packards
60.5 million. However, Lenovos number represented a 19.7 percent increase over
2010. Meanwhile, HP saw its 2011 numbers drop 3.5 percent.
However, the PC market is seeing its overall numbers go up
and down from quarter to quarter as tabletsespecially Apples massively
successful iPadflood the market. After two strong quarters in 2011, PC
shipments in the fourth quarter fell 1.4 percent over the same period last
year, thanks in large part to weakening consumer demand.
A number of high-profile tech figuresmost recently former
Microsoft executive Ray Ozziehave said the industry is now in a post-PC era,
as consumers and businesses embrace such devices as tablets and smartphones for
some of their computing needs. Others, including Intel CEO Paul Otellini, said
they expect to see the PC market continue to expand, noting that the industry,
on average, ships more than 1 million PCs a day.
In a March 8 report, Gartner analysts
said they expect
shipment this year to grow 4.4 percent, to 368 million units.
However, in 2013, that number should grow to more than 400 million units, they
PC shipments will remain weak
in 2012, as the PC market plays catch-up in bringing a new level of innovation
that consumers want to see in devices they purchase, Gartner analyst Ranjit
Atwal said in a statement. The real
question is whether Windows 8 and Ultrabooks will create the compelling
offering that gets the earlier adopter of devices excited about PCs again.