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Many Xbox 360 gamers claim they're smokin' hot drivers at the likes of Forza Motorsport 2. But now they risk really proving it, thanks to a power-supply flaw with Microsoft's Wireless Racing Wheel that can cause it to overheat and smoke.

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MS' Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel

No cases of fire, personal injury or property damage have yet been reported, Microsoft claimed.

The problem centres on the accessory's AC adaptor, and Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to all owners of the affected batch of driving peripherals, all manufactured between 2006 and 2007.

Microsoft said gamers can still use the wheel safely in battery mode, but has advised gamers to stop using the mains power supply until they have obtained their retrofit. Owners should contact Microsoft for more information, and can download a claim form here.

The recall comes after Microsoft admitted a flaw in some Xbox 360s consoles that cause a hardware crash that generates a trio of red warning lights, branded "the red ring of death". This forced Microsoft to extend the console's warranty period from one year to three years, costing it around $1bn (£500m/€650m).

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