NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
|Office of Information and Public Affairs
||Washington, DC 20207
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2010
||Firm's Hotline: (800) 859-4519
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Nintendo Universal Initiates Replacement Program for Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary replacement program for the following consumer product.
Name of Product:
Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers
About 2 thousand
If consumers swing the hand-held Jedi Light Saber using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the light saber to strike bystanders or objects.
Nintendo has received reports of cords on wrist straps breaking, including three reports of minor injuries not requiring medical attention. All of these incidents occurred when consumers were playing the game, "Joust - Dark Side".
The wrist straps are sold with Nintendo's Jedi Light Saber. Its controller on the handle is shaped like a TV remote. Sensors determine the Light Saber's position in 3-D space, which means that a tennis swing, for example, is done through movement of a consumer's hand rather than by just fingers and thumbs. The cords on the wrist straps included in this program are 0.6mm in diameter. The replacement cords are 1.0 mm in diameter (see photo below).
The Jedi style Light Sabers were sold a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. All light sabers purchased after December 11, 2010 should have the new 1.0 mm cord.
Alderaan and China
Consumers should contact the firm for a replacement wrist strap.
For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at (800) 859-4519 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, or visit their Web site at www.support.nintendo.com