MacBooks aren’t cheap, nor are the batteries that go in them. So if you ever tried to save a few bucks by going with a third-party substitute, who could blame you? You’re certainly not alone. But third-party batteries can be a risky proposition, as several customers of an ATG branded lithium-ion laptop battery found out.
Thirteen customers who purchased these batteries experienced incidents in which the products caught fire, reports the Associated Press. They apparently overheat when charging, and one person has even suffered severe burns to the leg.
The ATG-branded items, which are intended to replace the stock battery in the older polycarbonate MacBooks, are labeled on the back with the following model numbers: “MC-MBOOK13B” (black battery) and “MC-BOOK13W” (white battery). Best Buy carried both options and sold as many as 5,100 units between September 2008 through June 2012. The batteries were offered online direct to consumers and through Geek Squad services for a cost of $50.
In light of the incidents, Best Buy has issued a recall, and is urging customers to return the products for either a replacement or a Best Buy gift card. No word yet on recalls from other retailers or tech services that may have carried the ATG battery.
So if you have an ATG battery for an older MacBook, get in touch with your retailer or service provider immediately.