Best Buy Is Recalling Thousands of MacBook Pro Batteries Over Fire Risk

Best Buy is recalling 5,100 third-party replacement MacBook Pro batteries after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 13 separate cases in which the batteries caught fire, at least one of which caused serious injury.

Both black and white varieties of the ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries are being recalled, all of which were sold between September 2008 and June of 2012. So if you want to find out whether or not you're currently resting a potential blaze of hellfire on your lap (you should find out), you can check the model number. Faulty black batteries will have "MC-MBOOK13B" on the back while faulty white batteries will list "MC-BOOK13W" as the model number.

Best Buy will be contacting its customers to alert them to the recall and offer either a replacement or gift card as compensation. But keep in mind that Best Buy wasn't the only retailer selling the batteries, so unless these were somehow isolated incidents—and you bought a MacBook Pro replacement battery anywhere in that time period—probably best to exercise caution/keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Update:

Best Buy has reached out to us with the following statement.

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.

[AP]