Maybe it’s time to buy the kids that Nintendo Gamecube they’ve always wanted. Then again, they’ve been enjoying the Sega Dreamcast I unpacked recently. ;)
Microsoft says that you need to check your manufacture date to see if it is before October 23, 2003 (except in Continental Europe, which the faulty power cord was used until January 13, 2004). If so, then order a replacement.
The company announced the recall on Thursday, saying it is aimed at protecting the consoles from electrical-component failures that can pose a fire hazard. So far, such failures have been reported in 30 consoles, causing minor injury or property damage, Microsoft said. Seven customers reported burns to their hands. In the rest of the cases, the defect caused smoke damage or minor damage to a carpet or entertainment center.
In Europe, consoles made before Jan. 13, 2004, will need replacement cords, the company said. In all other areas, the recall covers consoles manufactured before Oct. 23, 2003.
Orders for replacement cords can be placed at the Xbox Web site. New cords will take up to four weeks to arrive. Until the new cord comes, customers should turn off consoles when not in use, the company said.
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