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iPod Warning: Your Device May Catch on Fire

Seattle news station, KIRO-7 TV, reported today that records from the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that a number of users have reported Apple iPod fires and overheating, which could result in property damage, burns and other personal injury.Over 800 pages of documents were recently released by the CPSC, more than seven months after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed requesting information about all reports involving iPod burns and fires. Apparently, for the past seven months Apple attorneys have been filing exemptions to keep these documents from being released to the public. The documents detail numerous incidents where iPods began to smoke, burst into flames, overheat and in some cases cause injury to users.

The CPSC records reveal at least 15 cases of iPod overheating and fire-related incidents. Some of the cases involved iPods catching on fire in the room of sleeping teenagers, sending parents rushing into their rooms after hearing the sound of smoke detectors going off. To date, there have been no serious injuries reported. However, there is an Apple iPod lawsuit pending in Cincinnati. The parents of a 15-year-old-boy allege that a 16GB iPod Touch exploded in his pocket while he was sitting at his desk at school. According to the complaint, the iPod burst into flames, burned his pants, melted his underwear and burned his leg, resulting in second-degree burns.

As of right now, iPods continue to be sold and a recall has not yet been issued.

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