updated 07:35 am EDT, Wed August 11, 2010
Apple starts taking Japan iPod nano replacements
Apple in following regulator orders has started an iPod nano replacement program in Japan. Those who bought the first-generation MP3 player between its launch in September 2005 and its exit in September 2006 can get the device replaced if it overheats. The issue is blamed on possible problems with battery manufacturers.
The exchange program came after Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry had noted 34 incidents relating to the battery in the country, including fires, discoloration and other symptoms of the lithium-ion batteries overheating. Other iPod nano models aren't known to be affected.
Lithium-ion batteries have carried such risks in the past as a sudden impact or other damage can trigger a chemical reaction, but the design of the battery and its enclosure can instigate overheating on its own. Notebooks in the past few years have faced widespread recalls.