Best Buy Recalls Third-party MacBook Batteries Over Fire Hazard

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Big box retailer Best Buy has issued a recall for ATG-branded laptop batteries for Apple's MacBook lineup because they pose a potential fire hazard. The batteries were sold between September 2008 and June 2012 and are available in black or white to match Apple's consumer laptop line.

ATG-brand batteries for Apple's MacBook recalled because of fire hazardATG-brand batteries for Apple's MacBook recalled because of fire hazard

The ATG battery model numbers included in the recall are MC-MBOOK13B and MC-BOOK13W. So far, there have been 13 reports of actual fires caused by the defective batteries and one report included serious leg burns.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in its statement,

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery, remove it from the computer and contact Best Buy for a replacement Apple brand battery or a $50 Best Buy gift card as a full refund. Best Buy is contacting its customers directly.

Best Buy doesn't have information about the battery recall on its website yet, but consumers can call 888-737-6954 or email bestbuypartexchange@decisionone.com for details on returning or exchanging their defecting ATG MacBook batteries.

Comments

Intruder

I wonder if some of the reported “Apple” fires were really caused by third party batteries and not OEM batteries? Same question would apply to iPhone and iPod fires.

Tom Schmidt

I think the key bit of info here is “third party” battery. I have yet to see a knockoff battery be of the same quality as Apple’s batteries. Sure they’re cheaper, but you get what you pay for.

furbies

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But the battery fitted in a Apple product, so Apple must be to blame….
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daemon

Wait…Macbooks have user replaceable batteries?

furbies

Wait…Macbooks have user replaceable batteries?

The earlier variants (pre Unibody) did.

daemon

I wonder if some of the reported “Apple” fires were really caused by third party batteries and not OEM batteries? Same question would apply to iPhone and iPod fires.

Wait…Macbooks have user replaceable batteries?

The earlier variants (pre Unibody) did.

Weren’t these fires on Unibody Macs? I have to say, Intruder’s question about iPhone and iPod fires being set by third party batteries strikes me as just plain silly. Since the batteries being recalled are user replaceable ones….

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