Yet more information on flaming iPods comes to light this morning with a report in The Times claiming at least one UK family has been offered an out of court settlement following an incidence of this.

The newspaper claims Apple attempted to convince a father and daughter to sign a settlement form that left them open to legal action if they ever disclosed the terms, signature of which was required in order for Apple to refund the family the cost of the music player.

The father dropped his daughter’s iPod touch at which point it made a hissing sound and began to grow hotter in the father’s hand, with strains of barely perceptible vapous. The dad chucked the gadget out of the back door, and within a few seconds there was a pop, smoke and the iPod jumped ten feet into the air.

He contacted the original retailer, ended up talking with Apple, and that’s when his refund was offered, but only on condition he kept the story quiet.

This follows revelations last week of similar incidents in the US, filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

As of September last year, 173,000,000 iPods have been sold worldwide.

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