It certainly won’t matter if it’s a MacBook Pro battery failure, or any other machine or device outfitted with a lithium-ion or lithium-polymer solution, a defective cell can result in severe ramifications. This is why you might want to take Apple’s battery recall program seriously, as a picture of a scorched notebook has been uploaded on Facebook, which shows that the safety risk is real. Apple announced the recall on June 20, presumably after 26 reports concerning overheating and burn incidents were recorded.
MacBook Pro User Uploads Images on Social Network, Showing the Extent of Damage a Battery Failure Can Inflict
One of them included Steven Gagne, the Facebook user whose notebook went up in flames. The incident happened on June 17, when Gagne was alarmed by the sound of the battery inside his MacBook Pro blowing up, which was followed by a strong chemical smell. Surprisingly, the notebook was not being used at that time, neither was it plugged in. It was on the coffee table, with the screen closed and it was in the Sleep Mode.
Luckily for Gagne, he hadn’t placed his MacBook Pro in its usual spots, which is either in a basket amongst a pile of notebooks and journals, or on the couch. In either case, the damage caused by the MacBook Pro battery failure could have been far more deleterious than this. In fact, a few users have actually reported minor burns, but Gagne was spared the misery, although his coffee table did sustain some damages. As for the notebook itself, a hole can be seen on its top, and the trackpad also looks charred. Gagne has provided details in his Facebook status below.
“So, in light of the @apple announcement today that they are recalling 15” MacBook Pros from 2015-2017, I want to tell my story of what happened. Monday night while we were in bed, the battery in my #MacBookPro blew and a small fire filled my house with smoke. You can imagine how quickly I jumped out of bed. The sound of it was what first threw me for a loop; but then the smell of a strong chemical/burning smell is what got me. Normally I keep my MacBook either on my couch or in a basket with notebooks, journals, etc. Thankfully, I uncharacteristically left it on my coffee table, and I really believe that this prevented my house from burning down. The computer had the screen closed, was unplugged, and in Sleep Mode. If you own a MacBook Pro, you can go to the Apple website, enter your Serial Number, and see if your computer is eligible for a replacement. This will certainly change how and where I store my laptop in the future.”
Apple has urged the owners of 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro that were sold during September 2015 and February 2017 to use the serial number checker on its website to see if their laptop is eligible for a new battery replacement or not. Moreover, it advises users of the affected models to not use the laptop until the battery has been replaced.
This can either be done through the Apple Store, an authorized service provider, or via Apple Support. If these MacBook Pro battery failure images weren’t sufficient to force you to get a cell replacement, then we won’t know what will convince you. If you’ve already participated in the recall process, do let us know down in the comments.
News Source: Facebook (Steve Gagne)