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Apple announces a voluntary battery recall program for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops

Apple announces a battery recall program for 2015 MacBook Pros with Retina display. (Source: Apple)
Apple announces a battery recall program for 2015 MacBook Pros with Retina display. (Source: Apple)
Apple has announced a free battery recall and replacement program for MacBook Pros with Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017. The company says that the batteries in these units are likely to overheat and pose a safety risk. Customers can check the serial number of their MacBook Pro on Apple's website for eligibility.

If you have bought an Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display between September 2015 and February 2017, you might be eligible for a free battery replacement. Apple has announced a voluntary battery recall and replacement program for these laptops citing potential battery overheating issues. Apple says that the recall is specific to these 15-inch MacBook Pros only and does not apply to any other model. 

Customers can first confirm their notebook model from the 'About This Mac' option in the Apple menu and then for check for battery replacement eligibility by entering the serial number of the laptop here. The MacBook Pro will be sent to an Apple Repair Center and the free battery replacement could take one to two weeks, according to Apple.

There was a recent incident of a MacBook Pro battery exploding that caused damage to the owner's home. The laptop in question was a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which could have prompted Apple to issue a battery recall. 

In the interest of safety, we urge all readers who have bought MacBook Pros between September 2015 to February 2017 to check for battery replacement eligibility and avail the free service.

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Important notice for batteries in certain MacBook Pro units

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.

Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units. Customers should visit apple.com/support/en-in/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall for details on product eligibility and how to have a battery replaced, free of charge.

To confirm which model you have, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu () in the upper-left corner of your screen. If you have “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” enter your computer's serial number on the program page to see if it is eligible for a battery replacement.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-21 (Update: 2019-06-21)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.