Recall Won’t Leave Nintendo Strapped
In response to a design flaw that has its own Web site, Nintendo recently announced that it is replacing 3.2 million Nintendo Wii straps. The straps, when working, hold the Wii controller fast to the gamer’s wrist. Given the wild gyrations that the motion-sensing gaming system encourages, a broken strap can turn the controller into a high velocity projectile which can turn a $2,000 television into a $2,000 paperweight. Gamers can turn in their old .6 millimeter strap for a new 1 millimeter strap at their local Nintendo service center. The exchange is expected to cost Nintendo roughly $1 million, which is pocket change by recall standards (Sony’s battery recalls this year alone may cost as much as $258 million).
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