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Apple is trying actively to cover up news of its iPods exploding or catching fire, according to a report.  (Source: Gawker)
New documents raise serious question for Apple

In 2007 DailyTech covered reports of an iFire -- an incident of a man's iPod literally catching fire and burning him.  Was this an isolated incident?  It appeared so as many reports of overheating surfaced, but no reports of fires.

That might have been thanks to Apple's excellent legal team.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) apparently has 800 pages of documents detailing cases where iPods have been seen to smoke, catch fire and sometimes burn their owners.

The documents were revealed by KIRO 7 TV, a Seattle-based TV station, which was trying to report on an incident about an Arlington, Washington-based iPod Shuffle owner who told the station that she had suffered a burn on her chest from an overheating iPod.  According to the station, its request for the CPSC documents took more than seven months to be completed due to a series of exemptions filed by Apple lawyers.

The problems especially seem to plague early models.  Online there's a multitude of reports from people claiming to be the victim of iPod explosions, fires, and overheating.  Also, last month the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards in South Korea reported that it found that first generation iPod Nanos were exploding.  The news prompted a recall by Apple, but only in South Korea.

According to the CPSC documents, while there have been incidents, the agency reassuringly comments that "the number of incidents is extremely small in relation to the number of products produced, making the risk of injury very low."

Still, fearful of damage to its brand image, Apple has tried to use its legal strength to attempt to aggressively limit the availability of the documents.  Meanwhile Apple's overheating problems continue, with many reports of the new iPhone 3G S overheating coming in.

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By rdeegvainl on 7/24/2009 8:54:34 AM , Rating: 5
I would have alot more respect for apple if they wouldn't try to cover everything up.
This is a very small amount of defects. Would be alot better to just say, yeah a few out of MILLIONS of Ipods have been defective, instead of getting caught in the coverup.

By omnicronx on 7/24/2009 10:37:49 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree, they have sold over 100 million ipods afterall. I'm sure that lithium batteries are the problem anyways, sell any product in the hundreds of millions with lithium batteries and I bet there is a good chance you will see a few fires ;) And I still don't see any lawsuits for burning someones house down so they are still one up on MS ;)

You raise a good question though, why cover it up?

By lagitup on 7/25/2009 2:17:20 PM , Rating: 5
Mac: Hi, I'm a Mac.

PC: And I'm a PC.

Mac: PC, don't you wish you were cool like me?

**Mac's hair catches on fire**

PC: Who's cool now, b*tch?!

By Lerianis on 8/3/09, Rating: 0
By MrBlastman on 7/24/2009 12:19:05 PM , Rating: 5
All Steve Jobs has to do is waive a shiny Apple logo in front of Apple fans and chant "You are getting sleepy," and they will succumb to his will...

By koenshaku on 7/25/2009 10:50:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah it is ashame really I still haven't gotten a 3G S, because of reading about it changing colors and over heating. Waiting for them to release OS 3.1 and see if that has better code to use less of the processor for common apps or something.

Story = Fail
By porkpie on 7/25/2009 6:38:29 PM , Rating: 1
Apple is far from my favorite company, but this story just doesn't pass the smell test. For starters, they don't even specify the actual number of incidents, they just say "800 pages" worth. How many pages per incident? 1? 10? 100? And how many of those incidents actually involved some sort of explosion or harm to the owner, rather than just "smoking or overheating".

Worse though the story accuses Apple of a "coverup", but doesn't tell us exactly what they did. Filing a "series of exemptions" with the PSC is satisfyingly vague, but hardly a coverup. It's not like Apple is running around threatening reporters who run stories about faulty iPod batteries after all.

So what exactly is Apple "exempting" in these filing? If they're following the PSC's rules, I don't see a story here. After all we set those rules after all, and it sounds like Apple is following them.

RE: Story = Fail
By chick0n on 7/25/2009 11:57:22 PM , Rating: 5
Does it matter if its 1 or 100 case?

a cover up is a cover up.

no excuse.

Apple always called themself "oh it just works"

works what? catching fire? covering shit up?

Yea sure.

Kiss my ass Apple.

try to post these information up on Apple forums, their mod will delete it within minutes if not seconds. Apple always covering shit up.

RE: Story = Fail
By Totally on 7/27/2009 8:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's not fail, it's a hidden feature.

More cover-up
By borowki2 on 7/25/2009 1:38:03 PM , Rating: 2
I believe that Apple is also covering up the iCantgetlaid problem. It's been the bane of my life ever since I bought an iPhone last year.

RE: More cover-up
By noirsoft on 7/27/2009 12:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
And then they go and ban thge porn apps so you can't get satisfaction that way either!

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