June 21, 2019 — Apple Inc. has announced a voluntary recall for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops from the 2015 model-year because the battery can overheat and potentially catch on fire.
Apple is urging consumers to stop using the laptops and contact the company for information on how to receive a free replacement battery.
Using the laptops poses a safety risk, with the potential for severe burn injuries or property damage if the lithium-ion battery explodes.
In a recall notice, Apple said the recall program is limited to 15-inch MacBook Pro models from 2015, which were mostly sold from September 2015 through February 2017.
Customers can visit apple.com/support/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall for more information on how to identify a recalled laptop and receive a free replacement battery.
Consumers can visit the support page and use the form to input the serial number on their laptop to check if it is part of the recall program.
Apple is not the only tech giant who has recalled lithium-ion batteries in recent years. Millions of laptop and phone batteries have also been recalled by Samsung, HP, Dell, and Toshiba.
The problem is that lithium-ion batteries contain highly-flammable chemicals. When the batteries overheat, the chemicals can burst out of the plastic case and ignite on electrical sources in the device, causing a sudden explosion.
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