Microsoft Announces Power Cord Replacement for Xbox

This press release went out earlier today.

-press release below-

Microsoft Announces Power Cord Replacement for Xbox

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 17 — As a precautionary
measure and out of concern for consumer safety, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)
today announced that it will voluntarily replace the power cords on 14.1
million Xbox(R) consoles worldwide.
The replacement power cords are designed to protect consumers and their
Xbox consoles from rare electrical component failures that can pose a fire
hazard. Fewer than one in 10,000 consoles have experienced these component
failures, and, in almost all instances, any damage caused by these failures
was contained within the console itself or limited to the tip of the power
cord at the back of the console.
However, in 30 consoles worldwide, these failures are reported to have
caused minor injury or minor property damage. In seven instances, customers
reported sustaining a minor burn to their hand. In 23 instances, customers
reported smoke damage, or minor damage to a carpet or entertainment center.
In all regions except Continental Europe, Xbox consoles manufactured
before Oct. 23, 2003, require a replacement power cord. In Continental Europe,
consoles manufactured before Jan. 13, 2004, require a replacement power cord.
“This is a preventative step we’re choosing to take despite the rarity of
these incidents,” said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home &
Entertainment Division at Microsoft. “We regret the inconvenience, but believe
offering consumers a free replacement is the responsible thing to do.”

To order a replacement cord, consumers should go to
and click on the Power Cord Replacement for Xbox link. Replacement cords will
arrive two to four weeks after the order is placed. While waiting for the new
cord to arrive, consumers should turn off their Xbox consoles when not in use.
Customers who cannot access the World Wide Web should contact Microsoft at
the appropriate toll-free number listed here:

Australia: 1800 073 897
Austria: 0800295177
Belgium: 080080943
Canada: (866) 271-0450
Colombia: 18009440724
Denmark: 80885649
Finland: 0800112951
France: 0 800 97 01 76
Germany: 08000001521
Greece: 0080044148905
Hong Kong: 800901727
Republic of Ireland: 1800923947
Italy: 800925244
Japan: 01…58573
Korea: 0079885219551
Mexico: 18001238568
Netherlands: 0800 0200371
New Zealand: 0800 880 029
Norway: 80040975
Portugal: 800844441
Singapore: 800 852 3567
Spain: 900811914
Sweden: 0200810371
Switzerland: 0800561421
Taiwan: 00800666073
United Kingdom: 0800 028 9276
United States: (866) 271-0450

Not all replacement cords that Microsoft supplies to program participants
will look the same. The type of cord shipped will depend on the date the
console was manufactured and the country in which it is used.

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and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
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