Texan Sues Nintendo Over Wii Controller ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Texan Sues Nintendo Over Wii Controller

A man in Texas is filing a class action lawsuit against Nintendo for their new games console Wii, accusing the company of violating the Washington Consumer Protection Act with the console's controllers. According to the lawsuit, the Wii controller strap does not adequately prevent the controller from coming away from the consumer's wrist, and says that the strap is "ineffective for its intended use." The suit reads, "As a result of the defective nature of the wrist strap on the Wii remote, plaintiff's wrist strap broke on his remote causing damage to the Wii product plaintiff purchased. The controller is an essential component of any video game console, and so [the] plaintiff is unable to use the Nintendo Wii for its intended purposes as a result of the broken wrist band. Accordingly, it renders the Wii console, which retails in the United States for $250, useless." The plaintiff is demanding that Nintendo immediately provide consumers with a better wrist strap or refund the ones that have already been purchased. A representative from Nintendo says, "We believe the lawsuit to be completely without merit. Nintendo has a long tradition of delivering high-quality products and excellent customer service, and we take all reports from our customers seriously. At the time we became aware of the lawsuit, we had already taken appropriate steps to reinforce with consumers the proper use of the Wii Remote and had made stronger replacement wrist straps available. This suit has had no effect on those efforts."

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