Apple is recalling limited numbers of its 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops due to fire safety risks. The issue stems from faulty batteries that can overheat over time posing health hazards. The recalled laptops are 15-inch MacBook Pro units with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple said in a statement that “Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to replace affected batteries, free of charge.”
It’s worth noting that other 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops or Mac notebooks are not affected. Users who have not purchased the device during the mentioned time frame have nothing to worry about. Apple has urged users of the MacBook Pro (Retina 15in, Mid 2015), which is the affected model, to stop using these laptops immediately and seek a battery replacement at the earliest. The company has set up a dedicated page where customers can cross-check the serial number of the machine. The serial number is located in the Apple menu on the top left corner of the screen and choosing ‘About this Mac’ option. Users have to copy and enter it in the Battery Recall Program page to see if it is eligible for battery replacement.
If the device is eligible, Apple will replace the batteries free of charge. Customers have to take it to their nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider. The bad news is that it will take one to two weeks to get the battery replaced.
This isn’t the first time Apple has issued a battery replacement program. The 13-inch Pros were recalled last June. Since then, the company has offered a free keyboard replacement program for the faulty butterfly keyboard and the recent Flexgate fix for backlight issues on 13-inch MacBook Pro.