Apple Recalls 2015 MacBook Pros for Fire Hazard
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Brian D. Chase with Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys.
Apple has issued a safety recall for its 2015 MacBook Pro laptops with Retina Display saying that the computers' batteries may overheat and post a fire hazard. According to a report on The Verge, the company says there are a limited number of affected units sold between September 2015 and February 2017. Although they haven't given a specific number, it could add up to quite a number of laptops made over that time period.
Laptop Batteries Could Overheat
As part of this recall, the company will replace the faulty batteries at no cost to consumers. However, owners of these laptops will need to send their MacBooks to one of Apple's repair centers. The estimated fix could take between one and two weeks. Apple has also said it won't extend warranties on these laptops. This recall does not affect any other MacBooks including the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which was also sold during the same year.
Last April, the company issued a battery-related recall for some 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros, but that one was not considered a safety issue. The Verge reports that Apple has had a "reputation problem" with its newer MacBook Pros since 2016 and the company has been taking them more seriously over the past year offering Flexgate fixes and keyboard replacement programs for issues that the company might have traditionally ignored. It's unclear whether the overheating batteries are a newly-discovered issue because of the age of the batteries or one that Apply is finally dealing with. Apple is expected to release an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro design later this year.
Defective Products and Liability
Recently, there have been a number of product recalls relating to unsafe batteries that have the propensity to catch fire and cause serious injuries and property damage. We have been following horrific incidents involving e-cigarette batteries that explode and catch fire causing major injuries.
When manufacturers produce products that are dangerous and defective, they can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. In some cases, they may also be able to band together and file a class action lawsuit to hold the manufacturer accountable. An experienced product defect attorney can help consumers assess their options.
Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys