Word on the street has it that Best Buy has issued a recall for up to 5,100 units of MacBooks, especially after a recent spate of reports that some MacBook replacement batteries have caught fire. Good thing those torched MacBooks did not happen to cause any potentially fatal situations, but why wait until something terrible happens when prevention is clearly better than the cure in this case? According to AP, Best Buy started to contact customers individually and asked them if they would be more than happy to accept a battery replacement, or if they are willing to take their chances, to receive a Best Buy gift card for the value of the replacement battery instead.
Best Buy issued a statement as well which reads, “Best Buy Co. is voluntarily recalling both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the notebook computers. The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September of 2008 through June of 2012 for about $50.”
So far, a total of 13 reports have been sent to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, touting that the Best Buy batteries happen to catch fire, with one consumer having suffered from a serious leg burn. Would you choose a Best Buy gift card over a battery replacement?