Danger: Exploding iPods

July 27, 2009

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Troubling news about iPods that could be a danger to iPod owners. It seems there are a growing number of iPod owners who have found their iPods to spontaneously overheat, explode or burn their skin.

An investigative reporter from KIRO-TV in Seattle had a difficult time getting answers from both Apple, the maker of iPods, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about these “overheating” iPod instances. According to the story, it took the reporter more than seven months to get a hold of the CPSC documents due to a series of exemptions filed by Apple attorneys. Click here to watch the report and learn more.

The apparent cause of the iPod fires are the gadget’s lithium-ion batteries. These same batteries caused an increased fire risk in laptops over a year ago, and specific laptops were recalled. Apple also issued a recall for certain iPods that were at risk as well. Fast Company magazine defended Apple in an editorial on their website, claiming the numbers don’t add up. According to the article, the CPSC documented 15 iPod-sourced incidents, which is not enough to cause alarm, as more than 30 million iPods were sold in the U.S. in the last few years.

If that is the case, then why didn’t Apple just comply and hand over any documents about the fire incidents to the investigative reporter? That is the part that doesn’t add up for the Consumer Warning Network.

UPDATE: The Times UK claims Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order. Although Apple didn’t really issue a ‘gag order’ to the 11 year old girl and her father, it’s more of a confidentiality agreement in exchange for granting a refund for the burned and melted out-of-warranty music player. The father refused to sign it.