Apple replacing first-gen iPod nanos due to risk of overheating

Apple announced today that it will be offering replacements for first-generation iPod nanos in light of a battery defect that can cause overheating.

The defect actually came to light way back in 2008, when Japan’s Trade Ministry issued a notice that said the faulty battery caused three fires and minor burns for a few users. A year later, Apple began offering replacement for units sold in Korea, and a replacement program kicked off in Japan a year after that.

Apple notes on their website that the affected first-generation iPod nanos were in production between September 2005 and December 2006, so if you bought your iPod nano more recently, you’re most likely in the clear.

Here’s what Apple had to say about the iPod nano replacement program:

“Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

“This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

“Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.”

If you think your iPod nano is a first-generation model, you can head over to this link to find out more on how to get it replaced.