Jul 31 2006
Apple recalls batteries from 15-inch MacBook Pros
While Apple assures users that the affected batteries do not pose a safety risk and that users may continue to use their current battery until a replacement arrives, Apple has issued a recall of certain 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries. Apple has initiated a worldwide battery exchange program for rechargeable batteries that were sold for use with 15-inch MacBook Pro computer systems from February 2006 through May 2006.
The affected batteries have model number A1175 and a 12-digit serial number that ends with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC. To view the model and serial numbers located on the bottom of the battery, you must remove the battery from the computer. The battery serial number is located above the barcode. Only batteries within the noted serial number ranges need to be exchanged. No other MacBook Pro or MacBook batteries are part of this program.
What’s wrong with these batteries? The Apple Support page devoted to this exchange initiative merely states,
“some 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries supplied to Apple do not meet our high standards for battery performance. To give our users the best experience possible, we will replace these batteries for customers free of charge.”
So, more of a “batteries don’t hold a charge for a long enough period of time” thing than a “batteries spontaneously burst into flame” thing.