Photo credit: Steven Gagne
Apple issued a recall on June 20th for “a limited number of older generation” Mid-2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models due to a possible fire risk. Why? Well, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.” Steven Gagne’s laptop unfortunately exploded before he was able to send it in for repairs. Read more for additional pictures and information.
You’d assume that his MacBook Pro was plugged into a wall outlet, but that wasn’t the case, as it was sitting there with “the screen closed, unplugged, and in Sleep Mode,” according to Gagne. Fortunately, there wasn’t any flammable objects nearby. He adds: “Monday night while we were in bed, the battery in my MacBook Pro 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.”
This particular model was sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017, or to be more specific 432,000 units as well as about 26,000 units in Canada. The quickest way to check if your model is to click the Apple menu in the top left and select About This Mac. If it says “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” then it may be time to send your machine in.