Apple recalls Macbook Pros over battery fire risk

Apple has recalled a number of its older generation MacBook Pro because their batteries may overheat and “ pose a fire safety risk. ”

The recall affects 15 – inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017 , the company said , adding it would replace batteries free of charge .

A number of countries are covered by the recall .
In mainland China , around 63 , 000 units may be affected by the problem, China ’ s State Administration for Market Regulation said .

The regulator said there have been six reported incidents of overheating among laptops that qualify for the recall in China .

The tech giant , however , said it had not received any reports of significant damage to computers or injuries due to the defect , but urged owners of the affected devices to stop using them immediately .
It said a dedicated recall website has been set up where users can input the serial number to determine if their computer is affected .

The company said the recall does not include newer 15 – inch MacBook Pro units or Apple laptops of other sizes and variations .
The battery recall marks the second technical glitch to affect Apple laptops this year . Last month , the US behemoth confirmed that some of its newer laptops had problematic keyboards and offered free replacements to affected customers .
In 2016 , South Korean phone maker Samsung suspended sales of its Galaxy Note 7 handset after devices caught fire due to flawed batteries exploding .
( AFP )

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