iPod Nano Catches Fire

Posted on April 15, 2012 by


It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Well, that’s what a Japanese woman said about her 1st generation iPod nano as it burst into flames while she was charging it, severely burning her hand. The Japanese court ordered Apple Japan to pay restitution to the victim in the sum of $7,400 for pain and suffering and medical costs.

With Apple’s deep pockets, $7,400 seems like a very modest amount for a burnt hand. However, on Apple’s behalf, they recalled the product back in 2009 and offered a free replacement plan for those 1st generation iPod nano holders. If you are still holding-on to your 1st gen, it might be a good idea to trade it in for a replacement. Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure my mom still has one. I better let her know!

Even though the iPod nano and other Apple products are prone to overheating, catching fire is a rare result.Unfortunately, it does happen, for this is not the first time an Apple device burst into flames. Back in December a man’s iPhone 4 started emitting smoke accompanied by a red glow while on an Australian Airline. On a side note, the last thing a person wants to see on a plane is dense smoke coming from the man in the seat in front of them! Personally, I think that man was lucky that all that was damaged was his phone.

So the moral of the story is to return that iPod 1st gen of yours and be careful with all of your other Apple devices.


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