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    Default 5,100 Third-Party MacBook Batteries are being recalled by Best Buy due to Fire Risk


    Best Buy recently made an announcement stating that it is recalling 5,100 MacBook Pro batteries built by third-party manufacturer ATG after a number of users have reported their units caught on fire. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 13 reports of the battery model catching fire, with one user suffering serious burns to their leg.

    The reports have led Best Buy to recall both the black and white versions of a $50 replacement battery sold by its Geek Squad repair department through its stores or online from September 2008 to June 2012. The lithium-ion batteries which are carrying model numbers "MC-MBOOK13B" and "MC-BOOK13W," come from the company ATG and are not associated with Apple.

    One thing to note here is that the original report incorrectly stated that the batteries were a replacement for the MacBook Pro unit. Instead, the two particular models were built for Apple’s polycarbonate MacBooks, which are currently no longer sold by the Cupertino California company.

    Best Buy released the following statement to the folks over at Gizmodo regarding the topic:

    After receiving reports from customers of these lithium ion batteries overheating when charging, we believe the right thing to do is to contact our customers and ask them to return the product for replacement or for a Best Buy gift card. While we are only one of many companies that may have sold these batteries, we feel they are a potential fire and burn hazard and want to keep our customers safe.
    If you happen to be a customer affected by the recall, Best Buy will be contacting you directly about the recall.

    Source: Associated Press, Gizmodo

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    That's crazy! Sucks for the person who got serious burns...I smell a lawsuit coming!

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    Hot deal on cheap batteries at Best Buy xD

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
    That's crazy! Sucks for the person who got serious burns...I smell a lawsuit coming!
    thats just skin you smell (sorry I had to say it)

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    Always buy authentic batters....it's not that generics can't be as good, but you just don't know what's inside...
    Last edited by skibumstevo; 06-20-2013 at 04:26 PM.

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