Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) September 09, 2009 -- Overheating iPod batteries which explode, are not only potentially dangerous, but are causing quite a buzz. The overwhelming share of the market, in selling iPods belongs to Apple, but the long history of lithium-ion batteries, used in the iPods, is now an embarrassment to Apple.
Last month 11 year-old Ellie Stanborough's iPod blew itself up. Apple agreed to give a refund. The family was asked to sign a settlement agreement, providing they kept the explosion secret. Apple adamantly denied any responsibility for the faulty iPod.
Ken Stanborough refused to sign the agreement. Apple lawyers had made it patently clear that any breach of confidentiality "May result in Apple seeking injunctive relief, damages and legal costs against the defaulting persons or parties".
"There was a big puff of smoke and it went 10ft in the air, within 30 seconds there was a pop", said Stanborough. He heard the iPod making a hissing sound and felt it getting warm, so he threw it out the back door.
It was revealed last week that Apple had smothered numerous reports of iPod players smoking and bursting into flames and actually burning the users. A television station in Seattle discovered fifteen separate complaints of burns and fire-related incidents while using iPods. Reports continue to pour in from as far distant as France and America, Australia and the United Kingdom. Last Year the Japanese Government issued a warning that iPod Nanos were a potential fire hazard. They reported 14 cases. In both Korea and Japan first generation iPod Nanos have been recalled.
A woman has begun court proceedings against Apple in the United States. She claimed an iPod caused second degree burns to her sonâs leg in March. The iPod was in his pocket at the time of the explosion. Mother and son are seeking $225,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
A teenage boy in France had to receive treatment last week, when his girlfriend's iPhone screen exploded. He had a shard of glass in his eye. Apple representatives met with the French government, but Apple is currently refusing to make any comment.
For a company as large as Apple it is very unusual for them to try to conceal a problem and bury safety-related reports. Numerous people are concerned by the fact that Apple appears to value its image over and above its customers.
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