Overheated iPods Blamed for Fires
Japanese trade ministry points to defective batteries
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
Japan's trade ministry says a possibly defective battery in iPod nanos are to blame for three fires.   (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, file)
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(Newser) – Japan’s trade ministry says iPod nanos are to blame for three fires, Reuters reports. The Japanese government suspects defective battery cells could be the cause of the fires, which left individuals with minor burns. A product safety commission will investigate the incidents with Apple’s cooperation.

"We are not in the position to speculate on the outcome of the investigation. But after several incidents like these, it would be appropriate for Apple to take some measures to raise the public's awareness," a Japanese government official said.