Whoops, don't start strumming yet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Performance Designed Products (PDP) announced on Thursday a voluntary recall of the Rage Wireless Guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii.
As the CPSC announcement
Hazard: A circuit board defect can cause AA batteries used in the guitar to leak if the batteries are installed incorrectly, posing a risk of chemical burns to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Performance Designed Products has received one report of a burn to a consumer.
Description: The Rage Wireless Guitar controller is designed to be used on the Nintendo Wii system. The guitar is blue or white and is 31 inches long. The guitar contains battery-operated LED-lighted fret buttons that go up the neck of the guitar.
Sold at: Mass merchandisers and specialty retailers nationwide from June 2008 through September 2008 for between $40 and $60.
And guess where it was manufactured? Yep, China. Ooops.
Consumers are urged to stop using the Rage controllers immediately and return them to the place where purchased for a full refund. Remember, this is not a Nintendo product, just one that can be used with the Wii, so don't bother contacting Nintendo.
You can contact PDP; strangely, the CPSC information for PDP says to call PDP at (800) 331-3844 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.pdp.com
. If you go to PDP's site, the only info you get is exactly the same as at the CPSC's site (at least at the time of this writing); a copy of the CPSC's announcement.
In other words: no new information there, move along, move along. If you want to contact PDP: only one way, via phone.