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Research in Motion recalls 1,000 of its Playbook tablets

The Blackberry Playbook from Research in Motion may have just launched but now the company is already dealing with a recall that will affect 1,000 units of its new tablet device. The Wall Street Journal reports that the units are being recalled by RIM because the operating system installed on those tablets could keep users from launching the first setup for the device.

In a statement on the recall, RIM said that "the majority" of the recalled Playbooks had not yet made it to store shelves and were still being distributed to retailers before the flaw was discovered. RIM did not go into specifics on how many of the flawed Playbooks had actually made it to stores but Engadget reports that most of them were intended for sale at Staples. While most consumers won't have to worry about picking up one of faulty Playbooks, Engadget still has the serial numbers of all the device that contain the setup flaw.

The Playbook launched just a few weeks ago (you can check out Neowin's review for our own opinion) but so far RIM has yet to reveal sales numbers for its new tablet. Recently the company announced that it's first quarter financial results would be lower than expected due to lower sales of its Blackberry phones. The company's stock price has dipped down in recent weeks due to the news and today's recall of the 1,000 Playbooks caused the stock price to go down even lower this morning. RIM is expected to officially reveal its first quarter financial results in June.

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