Apple is recalling first generation iPod nanos for a battery problem.
Apple began notifying its customers today with an email.
“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,” read the email.
Apple is replacing the nano for free and described the first generation iPod nano as having “a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back – later iPod nano models have a metal front and back.”
“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,” read the email.
Apple is asking customers to stop using the iPod and order a free replacement unit (another first generation iPod nano) on the Apple website.
“Your iPod nano serial number will be checked to verify that it is eligible for this program,”reads the Apple website. “You will receive a replacement unit approximately 6 weeks after we receive your current iPod nano (1st gen).”
According to news.cnet.com, the problem has been known for several years and was investigated by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in 2008 after claims surfaced that sparking units were causing fires and leading to minor burns. Replacements were reported issued in Japan.