In a previous article we talked about the MacBook Pro of a Reddit user, who reported that his notebook exploded during normal use.
At the time, it was considered to be an isolated case, but now that Apple posted this press release, it seems that the situation is too serious to be ignored.
The Press Release talks about Apple’s new Voluntary Recall and Replacement Program, thanks to which, customers can get their affected 15-inch MacBook Pro battery replaced for FREE, if they wish to do that.
“Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk. The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.
The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks.”
Apple then continues by saying that because customer’s safety is a top priority, users are strongly advised against using the affected devices. To check if their notebooks are eligible for a free battery replacement, customers can visit apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall for more details.
If you’re unsure which model notebook you have, you can check this information by going to the Apple menu and selecting the About This Mac option.
If your notebook is a 15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2015), you should enter the Mac’s serial number on the program page to verify its eligibility for a battery replacement. Apple urges its customers to stop using the product, if it is established to be one of the affected units.
For now, there’s no official statement on how many units were recalled, or if the company is aware of any injuries caused by the battery issues.