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iPhone Explosions Just 'Isolated Incidents,' Say Apple

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So where exactly do you carry your iPhone?  In your pocket?  You might want to rethink that strategy...

Over the past year, the press has released a number of stories about iPhones and iPods exploding.

In the latest incident, Romain Kolega, a French teenager, was using his girlfriend's iPhone and it began to "crackle and pop like a deep-fryer."  It then exploded and sent shards of glass into the boy's face.

This follows a case in Britain earlier this month where an iPod in Liverpool allegedly exploded and flew "10ft into the air."

In the Netherlands, apparently an iPhone caught fire and burnt through a car seat.

And in Sweden, an iPod was implicated in a car fire that almost incinerated the owner's dog.

Now, the European Commission has decided to investigate the claims.  On Tuesday, an EU official reported that Apple view the explosions as "isolated incidents."

Last year, however, following a warning from the Japanese government that iPod Nanos represent a fire risk, Apple offered to replace batteries in some of the devices.

Significantly, in June, Apple recalled all first-generation iPod Nanos in South Korea following reports of exploding batteries.

And in July, an American TV station obtained documents from the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, which showed there have been 15 cases of burn and fire-related incidents involving iPods across the pond.

The search is now on to find an app that can safely identify and detonate rogue iPhones before they explode... ;)

** Additional Information & Advice ** 

The UK has strict consumer and product safety laws.  If you or someone you love is injured using an iPhone, iPod, or any other product, you can be in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.

In addition, they may be able to help you find a solicitor who will agree to take your case on a "" basis, which means you don't have to pay for the solicitor's services unless you win your case.

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