iPod Touch catches fire on kids pants, parents sue

Sat, Mar 14, 2009

Legal, News

A Cincinnati woman is suing Apple for $75,000 and attorney’s fees after an iPod Touch allegedly caught on fire and burned a hole through her son’s pants.  And no folks, this ain’t the onion!

Ars Technica reports:

..the iPod touch was sitting in the “off” position when it unexpectedly popped and caused the kid to feel a burning sensation. At that time, he stood up and noticed that his pants were, in fact, on fire. “Plaintiff A.V. immediately ran to the bathroom and took off his burning pants with the assistance of a friend,” reads the complaint. “On said date and at said time, the Apple iTouch had burned through Plaintiff A.V.’s pants pocket and melted through his nylon/spandex underwear, burning his leg.”

The victim allegedly suffered second degree burns on his leg, and the suit goes on to claim that the victim will continue to “suffer from both physical and mental conditions which will cause him to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and otherwise for the rest of his life.”

Oddly enough, the mother is not only suing Apple, but also 10 Apple retail employees for not properly testing the deficient iPod Touch.  Now this is where things get absolutely ridiculous, and it really makes you wonder where exactly some people find their lawyers.  If the allegations are true, then sure, go ahead and sue Apple.  But there’s absolutely zero, zilch, even negative!, legal basis for suing the retail employees from the Apple Store that sold the ‘exploding’ iPod Touch.  I repeat, there is NO legal basis to include those employees in the suit!

Anyways, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this curious little case out of Ohio.  I wonder, though, what song or band was playing on the iPod when it went bezerk.  Was it Arcade Fire?  “We didn’t start the fire” by Bill Joel, perhaps?  “We’ll be burning” by Sean Paul?  “Burn one down” by Ben Harper, maybe?  Oh wait, I got it.  It was obviously “Set yourself on fire” by Stars, a great Canadian band worth checking out.  Just make sure you keep your iPod in plain view at all times.


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