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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.

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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
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1395 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-21 (Update: 2019-06-21)