Battery recalls are nothing new in the technology world. Several years ago, huge amounts of OEM supplied laptop batteries were recalled when several laptop manufacturers had batteries that caught on fire leading to some property damage and minor injuries. It was later determined that impurities in many those batteries with the cause for short-circuits and fires.
Best Buy has been forced to institute a recall this week on 5100 replacement batteries designed for the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a statement on Wednesday saying that there have been 13 reports that the battery in question had caught fire. The safety agency says that the ATG lithium-ion batteries in question can catch fire while charging.
The recall issued covers the batteries that are black or white in color. The covered black battery carries model number MC-MBOOK13B on the label. The white battery covered in the recall carries model number MC-MBOOK13W. One of the reports received by Best Buy indicates that one consumer using the battery received serious burns when it caught fire. Best Buy is advising those who purchased the battery to stop using it and remove the battery from the computer. Best Buy is going to replace the battery with the Apple brand battery or provide $50 Best Buy gift card as a refund.
via PC World