News: Original nanos Recalled Due to Fire Risk

Posted on November 12, 2011

Fresh off the announcement about replacement AC adapters, Apple is remedying another potentially dangerous situation—first-generation iPod nanos (yes, from 2005), may contain batteries that are at risk of overheating and/or exploding. As such, Apple is insisting that anyone who has an iPod nano sold from September 2005 through December 2006, stop using it and check out the replacement program.

iPod nanoThe rest of the information on the program follows:

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

Note: This battery issue is specific to the iPod nano (1st gen) and does not affect any other iPod.

Replacement Process

You may order a replacement unit via the web. Click here to begin.

Your iPod nano serial number will be checked to verify that it is eligible for this program. You will receive a replacement unit approximately 6 weeks after we receive your current iPod nano (1st gen).

If you have a personalized iPod nano, you will receive a non-personalized replacement. Make sure to use iTunes to back up any data on your current iPod nano before sending it in for a replacement unit.

Additional Information

Identifying an iPod nano (1st gen):

  • It has a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back – later iPod nano models have a metal front and back. See images on this web page.

Not a bad little program for a product many have replaced…

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