BBC Report on Wii Strap Recall - WRONG

A mere 0.001% of users have experienced problems

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Wii Remote - the BBC got it wrong, apparently.
Wii Remote - the BBC got it wrong, apparently.
“3.2 million of the new Wii consoles are being recalled …” SPOnG hears on BBC 6 Music radio news as we awake earlier this morning.

What the…?

BBC Technology online’s headline informs its readers that, “Nintendo recalls 3.2m Wii straps,” going on to claim that, “Nintendo is recalling more than three million straps for its new Wii console…[following] scores of complaints about the wrist straps breaking during use.”

However, a few calls to Nintendo and its PR company and SPOnG can confirm that the BBC report is misleading and wrong.

Nintendo will offer customers THE OPTION to exchange the old straps, which have an 0.024 inch diameter, for a thicker strap that has a diameter of 0.04 inch, according to Nintendo UK's PR Manager Rob Saunders today.

“It’s not a recall, the BBC is wrong,” Saunders told us earlier.

“In terms of those who have had problems with the actual strap, it’s around 0.001% of users,” he added.

"So, to reiterate, it’s not a recall, it’s just a sensible precaution. If anybody wants to exchange the original wrist strap then they can contact our customer services as of Monday to do so on 0870 6060247."

"All new consoles and Wii Remotes and Wii Plays are now shipping with the thicker straps," he added.

"People tended to get a bit excited, especially while playing Wii sports and in some cases the control would come loose from their hands…The new strap will be almost twice as thick," company spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa told AP News.

In other news, Nintendo HAS recalled 200,000 AC adapters for its DS and DS Lite consoles in Japan, at a cost of 100 million yen ($1 million).

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Comments

jwstacey 15 Dec 2006 09:56
1/7
I was about to mail the BBC to tell them off.. looks like everyone else has though as the story has been changed to the truth.
headcasephil 15 Dec 2006 11:50
2/7
the only reaon i the straps are beaking is the way thay you put it thow the nunchuk clip uther than that i can not see how they can brake
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config 15 Dec 2006 12:11
3/7
philneedshelp wrote:
the only reaon i the straps are beaking is the way thay you put it thow the nunchuk clip uther than that i can not see how they can brake


Ok, you got me. Run that by me again, this time in something more closely resembling English
majin dboy 15 Dec 2006 12:36
4/7
im a crap speller,but i always read my post before i click "post reply".
SCiARA 15 Dec 2006 16:03
5/7
config wrote:
philneedshelp wrote:
the only reaon i the straps are beaking is the way thay you put it thow the nunchuk clip uther than that i can not see how they can brake


Ok, you got me. Run that by me again, this time in something more closely resembling English


my brain froze for a second trying to read that.
RiseFromYourGrave 16 Dec 2006 03:58
6/7
do you suffer from MPD
billson 18 Dec 2006 03:13
7/7
hes saying- "the only reason i think the straps are breaking is the way that you put it through the nunchuk clip other than that i can not see how they can break" i can see your point, has anyone tried to get that strap out of that clip??? its next to impossible!, i just dont use it and feel guilty when the warning comes up saying i should, i just tell it to f**k up and then i press A. Ahem...
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