Best Buy MacBook Batteries Being Recalled for Fire Hazard

Best Buy is now recalling batteries for Apple’s MacBook line of notebook computers as the batteries present risks for explosion or fire hazards. The recalled batteries are not official batteries sold and made by Apple, Inc. Rather, these batteries are made by a company called ATG and bear the ATG logo.

5,100 batteries are affected in this recall, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled batteries as these lithium-ion batteries may catch fire while charging.

The batteries in question have the model number of MC-MBOOK13B and MC-BOOK13W.

Best Buy says that customers who are affected should remove the batteries from their MacBook Pro computer and take it to the nearest Best Buy retial store to exchange for either an Apple branded battery or a $50 Best Buy gift card.

These batteries were either sold directly from Best Buy or shipped to customers through the Geek Squad program between September 2008 and June 2012.

Removing the battery cover on earlier MacBook Pro unibody models.

Removing the battery cover on earlier MacBook Pro unibody models.

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Batteries have been the subject of recalls and investigations in the past due to issues of overheating, fire, and explosion. If you feel that your battery is running too hot, is swelling, or isn’t functioning right, you should definitely contact the manufacturer right away to find out what steps you can take to maintain safety.

According to Best Buy, the company says that it is only one of many companies that have sold the batteries, and the retailer is taking proactive measures with the recall to protect its customers.

If you’ve replaced your notebook battery with a third-party, non-Apple battery and did not perform said replacement via Best Buy, you should still check to see if your battery model is one that is affected.

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