Nintendo to Recall 3.2M Wiimote Straps

Half-heartedly acknowledging that there may be some type of issue with the straps that hold the controller to gamers hands, Nintendo will voluntarily recall 3.2 million of them to be replaced with stronger versions. In addition, an AC adapter for its DS handheld system has been recalled as well. Costs for the strap replacement would […]

Half-heartedly acknowledging that there may be some type of issue with the straps that hold the controller to gamers hands, Nintendo will voluntarily recall 3.2 million of them to be replaced with stronger versions. In addition, an AC adapter for its DS handheld system has been recalled as well.

Costs for the strap replacement would run in the hundreds of millions of yen, while the adapter recall, affecting 200,000 units in Japan, would cost between 100-200 million yen ($848,000 -$1.7 milion USD). The cost would be divided between Nintendo and its supplier, Nagano Japan.

Neither recall in expected to have a substantial affect on earnings, the company says. Those who have recently purchased a console may already have the new strap, as the company began shipping consoles with the reinforced version starting in early December.

While there have been publicly reported cases of injuries and property damage as a result of broken straps, no injury reports have been received as a result of the AC adapter issue. Nintendo said in rare cases, the unit may overheat and could pose a burn risk.
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Nintendo to Recall 3.2M Wiimote Straps