Nintendo of America Initiates Replacement Program for Wrist Straps Used
with Controllers for the Wii Video Game System
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
replacement program for the following consumer product.
Name of Product: Wrist Straps Used with Controllers for the Nintendo Wii
Video Game System
Units: About 2 Million
Distributor: Nintendo of America Inc.
Issue: If consumers swing the hand-held "Wii Remote" game controllers
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/Injuries: Nintendo has received reports of cords on wrist
straps breaking, including three reports of minor injuries not requiring
medical attention. All of these incidents occurred when consumers were
playing the game, "Wii Sports."
Description: The wrist straps are 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 consumer'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 1.0 mm in diameter (see photo
Sold by: 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 1.0 mm cord. All
individually sold Wii Remotes purchased after December 18, 2006, should
have the new 1.0 mm cord.
Manufactured in: Japan and China
Remedy: Consumers should contact the firm for a replacement wrist strap.
Customer Contact: For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at
(800) 859-4519 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, or visit their Web site.
To see a picture of the recalled product(s) visit the CPSC's web site.
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