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Nintendo to replace 2 million Wii wrist straps

Posted: 20 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Nintendo of America Inc. agreed to voluntarily replace about 2 million wrist straps of the Wii video game console with a wider version after reports of three minor injuries and damaged TV sets due to the straps breaking. The replacement cords are 1mm in diameter, the original release of which was 0.6mm.

The wrist straps, manufactured in Japan and China, are sold with Nintendo's Wii game system introduced in mid-November. The game console has a motion sensitive controllerWii remoteattached to the console by the cord. With sensors that determine the 3D space of the Wii remote, console users can swing the controller or move it like a sword depending on the game they play.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's press release, if consumers swing the handheld Wii remote 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. Incidents of the straps breaking were said to occur when consumers play "Wii Sports."

Nintendo announced that Wii video game systems purchased after Dec. 11 as well as the individually sold Wii Remotes bought after Dec. 18 will have the 1mm cord.

The company also included a caution on its Wii remote at its site as well as information on how to contact them for replacements.

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