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Fire Hazard: Apple Issues Limited but Urgent Recall on MacBook Batteries

Apple has just issued an urgent recall for the 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The company says the recall is due to a problem with its batteries, they “may pose a fire safety risk.”

There are a “limited number” of affected units involved in the recall. They include units sold between September 2015 and February 2017. So, not every 15-inch rMBP ever sold is at risk.

To see if your model is affected, check the serial number at Apple’s support website.

Apple will replace qualifying batteries for free, but you will need to send your MacBook to a repair center for up to two weeks. Apple does want customers to know this repair will not extend the warranty on your product, however.

The recall doesn’t affect any other MacBooks, including the smaller MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch) that was sold around the same timeframe. Last April, Apple issued a battery recall for some 2016 MacBook Pros, but that wasn’t due to a fire hazard.

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