Damaged 15-Inch 2015 MacBook Pro Demonstrates Why Apple Initiated Battery Recall Program

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Apple in June launched a voluntary recall and replacement program for 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina display sold between September 2015 and February 2017, citing defective batteries that could overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

Right after the replacement program was announced, designer Steven Gagne shared some images of a MacBook Pro that caught fire, and those images were today surfaced by PetaPixel, giving us a look at why 2015 MacBook Pro owners should take this recall seriously.


Gagne said that the battery in his MacBook Pro exploded, causing a small fire and filling his house with smoke. He heard the sound of the battery popping, and then smelled a strong chemical scent. The MacBook Pro wasn't plugged in and it was in sleep mode.

He was able to get to it quickly enough to extinguish the fire before it did real damage, but the seriousness of the damage to the MacBook Pro emphasizes that this could have been far worse.


Apple has asked customers with a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 to stop using it until the battery inside can be replaced. Apple has a website outlining the recall program, with MacBook Pro able to enter a serial number to see if they need a battery replacement.

The recall affects the 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2015 and does not impact later models released in 2016 and beyond. Those with 15-inch 2015 machines will need to visit an Apple retail location, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or contact Apple support to arrange a mail-in repair.

You can determine which Mac you have by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and selecting "About This Mac." The year of the machine is listed in parentheses, and affected machines will say "15-inch, Mid 2015."


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Apple has received a total of 26 reports of batteries overheating, including five reports of minor burns and 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.

Apple sold approximately 432,000 affected MacBook Pro units in the United States and 26,000 in Canada.

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jefferis

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My MBPro 2014's gets so hot that touching your finger above the keyboard near the edge that it can feel like fire. I added a fan widget to increase fan speed to keep it from burning up.
 
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Mike Haas

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My 2017 13" MBP didn't explode but the expanding battery deformed the lower shell which had to be replaced and threatened to pop the trackpad just before I got it to the Apple Store over here. I mean, you didn't know you had a problem when you designed the 2017 models or what?
 

Tofupunch

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Not sure what’s going on but i bought said device between said dates and apparently my device doesn't qualify for the battery swap. I've heard others say the same thing. Were they bad batches of batteries? Any one else experience this?
 

MagicBoy

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One wonders if earlier retina MacBook Pro owners who got the battery replaced under warranty in late-2016 need also be worried...
 

MauiPa

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My 2017 13" MBP didn't explode but the expanding battery deformed the lower shell which had to be replaced and threatened to pop the trackpad just before I got it to the Apple Store over here. I mean, you didn't know you had a problem when you designed the 2017 models or what?
Of course, they designed in the a bad batch of batteries? I'm not feeling you here, that question does not make any sense to me.
 

MauiPa

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Reduced quality and increased profits is a sure sign that the bean counters are in control of a company, and that more of the same in the future.
Gee, lets look at some math skills here. 26/420,000. holy moly that is a bad quality problem! Have you ever heard of Dell or HP effecting a recall this far out (and yes their batteries go bad once in awhile too). I think that Apple's response is very good, few companies would recall for such a small occurrence of issues. And all you naysayers, lets just get some numbers together. A small number of issues is to be expected in any manufacturing process, by any manufacturer. So to say this is only Apple is false.
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Both are Lithium-ion batteries. Same chemistry. Same boom. MacPro's battery is bigger, so perhaps it creates bigger boom.
no booms reported, just smolders
 

Khedron

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That hole in the bottom has got to help with ventilation, right?
Still throttles.
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Actually Samsung uses cheap Plastic which is easier to burn through. MacBook have high grade sturdy Aluminum which contains the boom better.
The aluminium mixes with the melting battery to form thermite which burns hotter than the surface of the sun and melts through any containment material until it reaches the Earth's core and ignites a 100 gigaton nuclear explosion. Here's some documentary footage of workers disposing of MacBook Pro batteries:

 
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