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All Wii Remotes are recalled

Nintendo today announced that the company will replace some 3.2 million Wii Remote wrist straps after receiving numerous reports of the straps breaking sending the controller flying. Nintendo will allow customers to exchange their failure-prone wrist straps with a new beefier strap that is about double the thickness of the original.

There have been numerous reports of straps breaking sending remotes through TVs, windows and other expensive items. Nintendo responded to the Wii Remote madness by issuing a response in writing concerning the proper use of the remote. A few days later, Nintendo began making revisions to the Wii Remote in the form of a beefier wrist strap.

The new wrist strap is already included with the latest machines shipped, but Nintendo estimates that it may have to replace up to 3.2 million wrist straps, costing the company several million dollars. The old straps, which were found to be especially prone to breaking, had a 0.6 millimeter string diameter, while the new replacement strap features a diameter of 1 millimeter.

"People tended to get a bit excited, especially while playing Wii sports, and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands," company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa said. "The new strap will be almost twice as thick."

Nintendo has setup an online replacement form for Wii customers so that they can get replacements for their Wii Remote straps. Shipments will begin on December 21 and it will take 5 to 9 days to receive replacements.

The company also announced today that it is recalling 200,000 AC adapters for the DS and DS Lite in the Japanese market.

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RE: Good
By spluurfg on 12/16/2006 7:22:40 AM , Rating: 2
None of you guys understand. The way just about every company decides to do a recall is to decide whether it would be cheaper to do a recall or to suffer the costs of settling lawsuits.

Look at Sony's battery episode for example. They probably figured if they denied there was a problem at first they might get away with it. Then they obviously figured out they couldn't and did the recall. Their shares dipped, but I'm sure they would have lost more money on lawsuits.

Nintendo's case looks a bit less evil than Sony's -- it might cost them millions... a few bucks per wrist strap... but hey in the USA somebody's bound to sue them after a flying nintendo controller smacks their son or daughter in the head. It's the country that awarded millions to some woman who dropped hot coffee on her lap at McDonalds. Now all the coffee companies have to write 'caution, hot' on their coffee cups.

These companies are trying to make money, folks. They aren't charities (or they'd be registered as NPO's). Don't try to figure out who's more evil or less evil, just look at how timely you, the consumer, get your problems fixed. In this case, Nintendo seemed pretty fast...

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