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Nintendo Wii Wrist Straps Recalled

Date:
December 15, 2006
Category:
Toys & Games
Company/Brand:
Nintendo
The Danger:
When the handheld "Wii Remote" game controllers are swung using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the controller to strike bystanders or objects.
Description:
This recall involves about 2 million wrist straps sold with Nintendo's Wii video game system (pronounced "we"). Its controller, called the Wii Remote, is shaped like a TV remote. Sensors determine the Wii Remote's position in 3-D space, which means that a tennis swing, for example, is done through movement of a user's hand rather than by just fingers and thumbs. The cords on the wrist straps included in this program are 0.6mm in diameter. The replacement cords are 1.0mm in diameter.
Sold At:
The Wii video game systems have been sold since November 19, 2006, for approximately $249. The Wii Remote has separately been sold from November 19, 2006, for approximately $39. All Wii video game systems purchased after December 11, 2006, should have the new 1.0mm cord. All individually sold Wii Remotes purchased after December 18, 2006, should have the new 1.0mm cord.
What To Do:
If you have the old remote, stop using the wrist strap immediately and contact Nintendo for a replacement wrist strap. For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at (800) 859-4519 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, or visit www.support.nintendo.com.
For More Information:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07061.html