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The Xbox replacement cords issued in early 2005 were considerably beefier than the original cords, and emblazoned with multiple warning labels (Source: smorty71.com).
Bereaved parents blame Microsoft, Wal-Mart for a deadly house fire that claimed an infant's life

An Illinois lawsuit alleges that Microsoft and mega-retailer Wal-Mart are at fault for a fire sparked by a faulty Xbox 360 power cord. The suit was filed in December 2006 by the family of Wade Kline, a baby who perished in the accident.

The case came to light this week when Wal-Mart filed a motion to move the proceedings from a state court to a federal jurisdiction. Along with Microsoft and Wal-Mart, an unnamed power-supply maker is also named as a codefendant. The Kline family is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages for the fire that destroyed their Warsaw, Ill., home.

The lawsuit alleges an overheated electrical supply line for an Xbox 360 sparked the blaze, according to an article in InformationWeek, however the suit claims the fire occurred in late 2004. The magazine concludes that the product involved must have been a first-generation Xbox (not Xbox 360) unit.

Microsoft recalled 14 million Xbox power cords because of potential fire hazards in February 2005, about two months after the Warsaw fire occurred.

In a statement released by Microsoft, the company expressed sympathy for the family, "However, we are not aware of any evidence that an Xbox caused the fire."



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RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By novacthall on 5/25/2007 8:43:08 AM , Rating: 2
It wasn't a 360, xuimod. The fire occurred in 2004 and the Xbox 360 wasn't released until November of 2005.


RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By therealnickdanger on 5/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By KaiserCSS on 5/25/2007 10:56:53 AM , Rating: 6
Oh, for the love of... is there anyone left who can read an article and actually comprehend it?

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The lawsuit alleges an overheated electrical supply line for an Xbox 360 sparked the blaze, according to an article in InformationWeek , however the suit claims the fire occurred in late 2004. The magazine concludes that the product involved must have been a first-generation Xbox (not Xbox 360) unit.


Understand now? The error is not with the editor.


By therealnickdanger on 5/25/2007 1:49:56 PM , Rating: 2
Ow... my pride.


By PlasmaBomb on 5/28/2007 11:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
A legal question that someone may know the answer to-

If the legal papers served on MS say that it was an xbox 360 power cable that caused the fire in 2004, is that not grounds for dismissal?


RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By Topweasel on 5/25/2007 12:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
Read more carefully.

The Claim states the Xbox360 Power Adapter, but the magazine that DT is quoting found that the incident occurred prior to the Xbox360 coming out and that it would have been the original Xbox.

Read more carefully next time please.


RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By Fusible on 5/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: Another Death caused by the Xbox 360
By vitul on 5/25/2007 3:04:39 PM , Rating: 3
uhm not it doesnt. u can feel the ps3 console and its not hot. u do the same on the 360 and its hot. goto the xbox.com forums read about all the broken consoles the RROD and freezing consoles are due to the thing running to damn hot. I currenty have mine out for repairs.


By Haltech on 5/25/2007 9:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
Get the spring updated version, they fixed it, much cooler


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