Product Recall: Nintendo Wii controller wrist straps

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Toys, Gadgets, That's Entertainment

Nintendo of America Inc., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily replacing the wrist straps used with controllers for the Nintendo Wii video game system. The wrist straps originally included with the game system had cords that were 0.6mm thick and could break during enthusiastic game play, leading to the injury of bystanders. Nintendo has received reports of the cords breaking when players accidentally let go of the controller, including three incidents where minor injuries occurred.

The Wii system and its controller with its wrist strap and tether has been sold since November 19 of this year for around $250. The remote controller was also sold separately for about $39. All Wii systems purchased after December 11 and Wii Remotes purchased after December 18 should have the new, thicker cord. If you have an earlier version, 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 the firm's Web site.

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