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Any infotainment system worth its own salt has iPod integration, but we're pretty sure there aren't many vehicles with sprinkler systems in the event said iPod catches fire. One undoubtedly unhappy owner of a 2007 Saab 9-3 Combi in Sweden apparently found out first hand that leaving your iPod on your front seat is a bad idea, as investigators believe the musical bauble is the reason the wagon caught fire, turning its interior into a prop for Backdraft II.

There has been no definitive word that the iPod was the cause for the fire, and we don't know at this point whether the popular music player was charging at the time of the incident. We do know, though that there were apparently no underlying problems with the vehicle, and the fire started on the seats, where the iPod was resting.

Since iPods are still a very hot item (no pun intended), we're guessing that you shouldn't leave them sitting inside the car. Now that there is a chance the little battery-powered devices can spontaneously combust, we're not so sure they should be in your pocket, either. Hat tip to 13enS!

[Source: Hallandsposten via Engadget | Image: Christer Pioge]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That really sucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and I just bought an iPod touch, sweet
      • 6 Years Ago
      If a hot playlist can ignite a car, an electrifying mix should be able to power a volt, no?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I love Saab seats which makes this even harder to bare. I still plan on one day turning Saab seats into desk chairs. they are so utterly comfortable :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      An Apple product and a Saab destroyed in one fire? Sounds like two birds with one stone to me, lol!
      • 6 Years Ago
      And here I thought Microsoft's SYNC would have torched cars first.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are not iPods made in China?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's why I have a zune.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or a SanDisk Fuze or Cowon S9...both are better alternatives to iPod.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice seat frames...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I am just curious. First it was the iPhone burning in someone's pants. Then iPhone's back getting discoloured. After that, someone's screen's oleophobic polish starts to fade. Now this Saab burns! How come no other music player/phone does something like this? Or it just some 'anti-Apple' parties who are deliberately doing this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It makes for better news when it's an Apple product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This happened when my brother was using a cheap-o charger (not factory approved) for his cell phone. The wiring on the charger at cigarette lighter got so hot that it caught fire and within a couple of seconds the interior was ablaze.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sad thing is that an approved car charger once shorted out my iPod enough that I smelled burning plastic-my iPod still works though and it's 5 years old and still has the burn mark on the dock connector.

        And the built-in iPod charger in my friend's Mini killed his iPhone the first time he plugged it in...straight up fried it.

        So I gotta agree with you, it's very likely a problem with the charging side of the equation more than the iPod itself...gonna blame whatever iPod integration the Saab had.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There was a similar story on Engadget where an iPod caught fire in someones pants pocket.

      http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/13/exploding-ipod-touch-sets-kids-pants-on-fire-melts-his-underwe/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Talk about the "hot seat"! LMAO
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