The Bad Apple in the Basket
As reported on Geek.com, a burning iPod managed to bring a train on the Denentoshi Line to a grinding halt during peak hour on Monday.
Traditionally punctual to the second, a speedy train was brought to a standstill during the rush hour in Tokyo so officials could investigate a “strong burning smell,” Reuters reported Monday and added that ’s iPodwas to blame for the incident.
A spokesman with Tokyu Corp. told the news gathering organization that one of the passengers on Tokyo’s Denentoshi line was listening to an iPod when it “burst apart,” causing a strong burning smell to spread throughout the train.
Apple wouldn’t comment on the report. It’s the latest in a string of incidents in Japan that involve Apple’s music player. The government in forced the company to replace faulty iPod nanos following the media pressure and reports of minor burns in at least sixty cases. Blaming the problem on overheating batteries sourced from an unknown supplier, Apple has issued a battery replacement program for the iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006.