Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Family says infant died in Xbox caused blaze

It's kind hard being the Bill Gates company these days.

Gates' Microsoft is repairing millions of faulty Xbox 360s barely two years after recalling more than 14 million Xbox units due to potential fire hazard concerns with the power cords.

Now this.

A Warsaw, Ill, family is suing the technology giant, claiming that a bad Xbox 360 sparked a catastrophic fire at their home, which killed their infant son.

According to Information Week, Microsoft is asking the suit be dismissed, saying that misuse or abuse led to the blaze.

The family filed the suit in December, claiming the wiring that connected the Xbox 360 to an electrical outlet became so hot that it started the blaze. The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages.

The suit is being heard in U.S. District Court in Central Illinois and names Microsoft, Wal-Mart (where the unit was purchased) and an unnamed power supply maker as co-defendants.

Should be interesting to see where this goes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Wertz,
I came across your Games N Gadgets blog ( on the Charlotte Observer and thought you might be interested in what we are doing here with PC, console, and board gaming at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ( . We have a blog that features all of our gaming programming ( throughout the library system for adults, teens, and families. It's called the Gaming Zone blog and the address is: We even have rss feeds for our programming listings and the Gaming Zone Blog.

If you would consider linking to our blog from yours or featuring it as an rss feed we would be most appreciative.

If you would like to interview someone for your blog about what we do with gaming at the library contact Mark Englebrecht at or Martin House at or call (704) 336-2725. I know that they will be going to the 1st Annual ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium in Chicago, July 22–24, 2007( and they are both excited.

I tried to add your blog as an rss feed widget to our blog, "The Gaming Zone" ( but it doen't look like you have set your blog up for feeds. If this is something that you like so that your blog will be promoted on our site you might consider taking a look at Blogger's Site Feed help files ( to set your blog up for feeds. I have a blogger account too and this helped me to set my blog up for syndication. I added a RSS feed widget onto my personal blog to make it easy for others to add my site to their newsreaders and blogs. A RSS feed widget might be a good idea for your blog as well.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Christie Buchanan-Wellmon
Librarian / Information Services
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Independence Regional Library
6000 Conference Drive
Charlotte, NC 28212
Phone - 704-563-0945
Fax - 704-567-9703