First-generation iPod Nanos recalled over fire risk

Apple has announced a recall programme for its first-generation iPod Nano products - those sold between September 2005 and December 2006 - due to a fire hazard caused by faulty components.

The recall, announced by the company some six years after it first started selling the cut-down iPod devices, covers all first-generation iPod Nano units with a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back.

The problem, Apple has confirmed, is due to the battery. "Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod Nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk," the company's recall notice explains.

"This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect," the company continues. "While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages. Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod Nano."

Those who might be affected by the recall are asked to stick their serial number into Apple's form and return the faulty unit for replacement. After a six-week period, users will get a shiny new Nano by way of compensation - albeit one without any customisation such as engraving that the original may have had.

This isn't the first time Apple has had to recall products with faulty batteries, although the company's most recent recall was instead due to a failure in design of its original MagSafe adapters that caused a similar fire risk.