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PSA: Your mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro might be a fire risk – How to check if you’re affected

Maybe keep the MacBook off your lap for a while.

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Earlier today, Apple announced a recall for some MacBook Pro batteries.

The reason? Some units “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” Crikey, especially if you’re one of those people who actually use their laptop on their lap.

Here’s how to check if your MacBook Pro is affected

First off, the recall only affects 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. Then only if it was sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

If you’re concerned that your beloved MacBook Pro fits the bill, you can check if your serial number is one of those affected. Apple has set up a recall page where you can plug in your serial number and find out if you need to take it in for a replacement battery.

  • Choose About This Mac from the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of your screen
  • Confirm your model is MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
  • If so, put your serial number into the checker on this website

If the tool says that your MacBook is affected, stop using the MacBook Pro. It’s a safety hazard.

Then, contact Apple to start the replacement process. Just be aware that whichever method you choose, expect to be without your MacBook for 1 to 2 weeks. Back up your data before sending it in, as Apple isn’t responsible for any lost data.

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