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Wii Controller Chargers Recalled for Fire Hazard

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By Admin on August 12, 2009 3:38 PM

220,000 Wii controller charging stations have been recalled. The four dock rechargers were sold under the Psyclone and React brands.

Everybody who plays the Wii hopes to get the hot hand every now and again -- whether it's in bowling, tennis, golf, or any other game played with the wireless remote control. However, some players have suffered a more literal hot hand. As in burned by the battery pack in the Wii controller.

The problem with the Psyclone and React branded charging stations is one that has plagued many a battery powered device: too much heat. Their risk of overheating leads to a risk of fire and burns for those who grab what they thought to be a freshly charged controller.

Both brands are distributed by Griffin International Cos., Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn.

The Psyclone branded chargers were sold at Target and Toys R Us stores nationwide and on Amazon.com. The React branded chargers were sold at Best Buy stores throughout the country.

The problematic chargers were sold between January of 2008 and January of 2009.

Consumers should stop using these chargers immediately and contact Griffin International about getting a replacement.

For Griffin's contact information, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall notice.