PSX cables withheld in Europe
Sony Computer Entertainment has replaced peripheral cables for 1.3 million PSX game consoles, as of Wednesday. The Dutch government officially blocked sales of the consoles based on health and environmental issues. According to the government, the cables contained too much cadmium and needed to be withheld by law. If cadmium is ingested it directly damages the kidneys. Within the European Union no goods are allowed to be imported that contain more than 0.01 percent cadmium. The Netherlands said the cables contained between three and 20 times the allowed amount.
800,000 cables headed for the European Union market were the official numbers of accessories, along with every console containing the illegal cadmium units. Sony has already begun replacing the cables and hopes to start shipping in limited shipments by mid-December.
“Although we have reservations about the interpretation of the regulations (by the Dutch authorities), we have begun replacing the cables,” a Sony Computer spokeswoman said.
Sony Computer Entertainment said that its new PlayStation 2 consoles were not affected by the ruling because they do not use the same peripheral cables. Also, the company would not replace cables for PlayStation One consoles sold in countries outside Europe if they did not violate environmental regulations in those nations.
12/5/2001 Matt Stensrud