first gen ipod.pngFirst generation iPod Nano owners may have a little more to worry about than the simple fact their devices are going on three years old. Japan’s trade ministry recently blamed the battery in the 1st gen iPod nano’s for causing three fires. In addition to the fires, there were two cases of people getting burned from them, just in Japan.

After complaints, and more recently Japan’s report, Apple has acknowledged that there is a problem. According to CNET, Apple addressed the issue saying, “Apple has determined that in very rare cases, batteries in first generation iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 can overheat causing failure and deformation of the iPod nano. Apple has received very few reports of such incidents, which have been traced back to a single battery supplier.”

Failure and deformation? It sounds funny that they would discuss the “deformation” of their iPod nano, but if they are catching fire, they would get a little deformed.

For those who still have a 1st generation iPod nano and you are concerned about your device overheating or catching fire, you can contact AppleCare and they’ll work-out getting you a replacement.