Apple has announced a recall for some of their laptops: it appears that the batteries can overheat and potentially catch on fire.
An Apple MacBook user on Reddit reported the issue after running into long delays with Apple tech support. The MacBook they were using spontaneously overheated and starting on fire.
“It was on my lap, plugged in, and suddenly started to spew smoke out both sides. I quickly placed it on the floor where it popped, the smoke increased, and it caught fire. Toxic smelling smoke filled my house triggering smoke and CO alarms. No one was injured, thankfully, but there was some damage to my home. The situation could have been much worse – imagine if I had been on a plane,” they wrote.
While Apple says only a “limited number” of MacBooks were affected, the recall consists of MacBook Pros purchased between September 2015 and February 2017, which is quite a large timespan.
If you have reason to believe your MacBook was purchased around that time, here is the official Apple recall page where you can check if your MacBook is at risk: 15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program.
Check out the video below of the MacBook from Reddit that allegedly caught on fire: