What’s more rock-n-roll than shredding along to loud music on a fake plastic guitar? Being burned by one.
You might want to venture into your living room and take a close gander at the pile of plastic instruments strewn into the corner. Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Rage Wireless Guitars for the Wii, after one consumer reported receiving chemical burns from use of the peripheral. The units in question may contain a circuit board defect that causes the controller’s AA batteries to leak if not installed correctly. Needless to say, battery acid is not a friendly thing.
The blue or white Rage Wireless Guitars, containing LED-lit fret buttons on the guitar neck, were made in China and distributed nationwide from June 2008 through September 2008 for about $40 to $60. California-based Performance Designed Products received a single report of a user being burned and initiated a mass recall of about 57,000 units of the guitar controller.
Anyone with the wireless guitar controllers should stop using them and return them to their place of purchase for a refund.