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Thursday, July 23, 2009

iPods on fire, literally

FOI at Work!
KIRO-TV obtained more than 800 pages of Consumer Product Safety Commission documents detailing iPod-related injuries, including at least 15 incidents of overheating and burning, FOX News reported. The TV station said it took seven months to obtain the documents due to exemptions filed by Apple lawyers. The station requested the information after hearing how an iPod caused a "penny-sized burn" on the chest of Jamie Balderas of Arlington, Wash.

In a report posted on its Web site Tuesday, KIRO-TV says it used the Freedom of Information Act to get more than 800 pages of Consumer Product Safety Commission documents regarding iPod-related injuries and property damage.

Within the documents were details of at least 15 separate incidents where iPods overheated, sparked, smoked, caused burns or caught fire, KIRO-TV said.

The station became interested when Jamie Balderas of Arlington, Wash., was mystified by a penny-sized burn on her chest in Nov. 2008.

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