Your computer could catch fire: Safety fears after popular device recalled

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Apple has recalled one of its laptops over fears the battery could overheat. Source: Getty

Popular tech company Apple has issued an urgent warning over one of its most popular laptops, claiming it could pose serious risks to users.

Certain types of the famous MacBook Pro have been recalled, with users urged to hand in their devices over fears the battery could overheat.

In a notice issued on Thursday, Apple said versions of its 15-inch device sold between September 2015 and February 2017 should be returned to an Apple store or authorised retailer immediately.

“Apple today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk,” the company said in a statement.

“The units were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number.”

Apple added: “Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected 15-inch MacBook Pro units.”

Customers are advised to visit the store’s website for further details and to check whether their laptop is one of those posing a potential safety risk.

If the laptop is deemed unsafe, the company has agreed to replace the battery for free with repairs expected to take one to two weeks.

“If you have MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) enter your computer’s serial number on the program page to see if it is eligible for a battery replacement,” the company advised.

No other versions of the MacBook Pros or Apple laptops are said to be affected by the faulty battery.

The recall is the second this year made by the company, with Apple announcing a recall of some of its wall plug adapters for international use back in April.

Faults were discovered with the products, that were designed for use in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom, with cases of breakage reported to the company, creating a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The issue had at the time only been reported six times worldwide however, Apple advised all customers with one in their possession to hand them in to prevent any potential injury.

Do you own one of the affected MacBook Pros? Have you had any overheating issues with them in the past?

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