Apple Forced To Pay Tokyo Couple $7,400 After iPod Nano Bursts Into Flames

Apple Forced To Pay Tokyo Couple $7,400 After iPod Nano Bursts Into Flames

If you've got a first-generation iPod nano, get it replaced before it looks like this.

Apple has been forced to pay a couple in Tokyo, Japan, ¥600,000 (approx. $7,400) for medical fees and pain and suffering after their first-generation iPod nano spontaneously burst into flames, causing burns to the hand that took more than a month to completely heal.

The device, which was purchased back in 2005, overheated and caught fire while charging in July 2010.

The worrying thing is, this isn’t the first time this has happened to a first-generation iPod nano. The issue has been well documented throughout the years, and Apple recalled the device back 2009. Last November, the Cupertino company began a worldwide replacement program, allowing owners to trade in their first-generation unit for a free replacement.

So if you’re still clinging onto one of these explosive devices, there’s no excuse not to get it replaced. It’s free, and you’re likely to end up with a sixth-generation model — the current model — as a replacement.

When pressed for comment on this case, a representative for Apple Japan told Nikkei: “we cannot comment without confirming with our American head office.”

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  • Luis Fernando Rocha

    I don’t understand how they can win and have Apple pay them if the issue has been dealt with and Apple has already recalled the item. If they chose not to get it exchanged, isn’t it legally their responsibility and not Apple’s?

  • technochick

    I don’t understand how they can win and have Apple pay them if the issue has been dealt with and Apple has already recalled the item. If they chose not to get it exchanged, isn’t it legally their responsibility and not Apple’s?

    I was wondering the same thing. That and it was a 4-5 year old device at that point. Eventually all rechargeable batteries start to die and fires can be a risk.

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