The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Japanese government is still pressuring Apple regarding the first-generation iPod Nano risk of overheating, and possibly catching fire. The ministry is requesting Apple Japan to explain the cause of overheating, whether similar incidents have been reported domestically and abroad and what prevention and cautionary measures have been […]
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Apple Still Being Pressured By Japanese Government Over First-Gen iPod Nano Fire Issues

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Japanese government is still pressuring Apple regarding the first-generation iPod Nano risk of overheating, and possibly catching fire.

The ministry is requesting Apple Japan to explain the cause of overheating, whether similar incidents have been reported domestically and abroad and what prevention and cautionary measures have been taken to counter such incidents, according to Seiji Shimagami, a ministry official who works in consumer product safety.

The order came following an incident in Tokyo that took place on July 13, when sparks flew from a user’s device while it was recharging, according to Masahiro Yamazaki, the head of the consumer product safety unit at METI.

The Japanese bureaucracy in charge of consumer oversight has documented 27 instances of sparks flying from the devices while being charged. Six of these incidence have occurred since a consumer warning was issued two years ago.

“iPods are incredibly well designed and safety is the highest priority for Apple. We are taking METI’s letter in regard to the first generation iPod nano very seriously and are working closely with them to answer their concerns,” Apple said in a statement.

We heard a similar story from South Korea this time last year, and Apple has told concerned customers to contact the company with any questions, all while acknowledging the possibility of overheating in their support document.

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