Nintendo whacked with $5m Wii strap lawsuit
Wrist action comes back to bite
Nintendo has been hit with yet another Wii-related lawsuit. This time, it’s a $5m (£3.3m/€3.7m) action filed by a US mother who claims that the console’s Remote strap design is faulty and dangerous.
Nintendo's second Remote strap design (left) and third attempt (right)
According to documents filed with the Colorado US District Court, plaintiff Molly Elvig from Littleton, Colorado believes the Remote’s wrist strap is “ineffective” and “prone to break” during use.
Elvig was spurred to file the lawsuit after her 52in Samsung telly was broken, allegedly by a flying Wii Remote when the strap snapped and flew out of her son’s hand during a game of Wii Bowling.
Nintendo’s launched three types of Wii wrist strap since the console was launched in 2006. The first was nothing more than a cable that hung loosely around the wrist, but the second version included a slider to let gamers fix the strap more securely to their wrists. The third design comes with a locking mechanism for the strap.
The documents state that Nintendo’s never disclosed the defective nature of its straps. However, in 2006, the videogames giant and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission jointly issued a warning that wrist strap failure may occur if excessive force is used.
But the lawsuit claims all three designs are defective and prone to breaking even when excessive force isn’t used.
Elvig believes there are thousands of gamers out there who’ve experienced similar problems, and is seeking class action status.
You can read the full text of the complaint online.
The 1st release Wii-motes did not come with the silicon surround.
But still, retard!
The 'White' Nintendo helis should make this woman dissapear.
@ Just me? Friday 12th December 2008 14:54 GMT
Funny, I was thinking of refering back to my previous comment about shooting those clucking funts making that malware and saying how I'd like to extend the remit to shooting stupid bitches like this one.
Gene pool cleansing, it's for the greater good.
My 3 year old drew on my brand new Series 6 Samsung LCD telly with wax crayons, two days after it arrived.
Can I sue the crayon manufacturers?
Re:Why are all the posts so broken on this page today?
Wondered the same...Works on Explorer, overly long lines in Firefox.
Odd...Same stylesheet as other posts, I guess...
it's not the wiitard...
it's the bloodsucking, ambulance-chasing parasitic organisms known in the US as attorneys that run the figure up to $5 mil. There's not a thing in America that doesn't cost twice what it should because of these scum-sucking wastes of human skins. First we let 'em pull stunts like this, then we send 'em to Washington DC to run the joint. We get what we deserve, I guess...