Japan reports 2 iPods overheating

August 19, 2008 8:00:19 AM PDT
The Japanese government is investigating a possible battery defect in the popular iPod Nano music player after reports that two overheated in Tokyo, scorching nearby paper and woven straw mats.The report disclosed Tuesday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry follows a similar report in March about sparks shooting out of an iPod Nano.

Ministry official Hiroyuki Yoshitsune says the governent has been working with iPod maker Apple Inc. to investigate the cause, and a defect in the lithiuim-ion battery is suspected in all three.