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14:21, August 14, 2009

Exploding iPhone incident follows iPod reports

In this undated photo is shown a screen-shattered iphone handset. (CRI online/ China News Service Photo)

A French teenager's claim that an Apple iPhone shattered in his face is a first involving the device but similar incidents have occurred with the iPod.

Marie-Dominique Kolega, whose 18-year-old son was struck in the eye by a piece of glass when the screen shattered on his girlfriend's iPhone, has threatened to file a complaint against Apple following the incident, AFP reports, citing a US television station.

According to Kolega from Aix-en-Provence in southern France, the handset began making a hissing noise before the screen suddenly broke, sending pieces flying in the air.

The report is the first such incident involving an iPhone.

But earlier reports from US television news station KIRO revealed that an "alarming number" of iPods "have suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property."

The station said that Apple lawyers tried to stop it from getting hold of hundreds of pages of iPod-related documents from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in California, where Apple has its headquarters.

It said the 800 pages of documents included information on "15 burn and fire-related incidents blamed by iPod owners on their iPods."

The cause of the trouble appeared to be overheated lithium ion batteries, according to the Seattle-based television station's review of the paperwork.

The CPSC indicated that the number of incidents was low considering the tens of millions of iPods sold and that such reports diminished after Apple evidently changed the battery technology, according to KIRO.

Source: CRI online/Agencies

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