The X-Box Thompson problem (which I also suffer from) is a similar issue as Sony had with the first PS2s. The DVD drives simply were not high quality, and had a high malfunction/failure rate. Sony eventually owned up to it, and offered to fix them for free.
Microsoft has yet to do this, and has a class action suit brewing, from what I've heard.
Granted, the fact that a $150-300 CONSOLE only has a 90 day warranty is stupid to begin with. Then again, warranties in general are dying out.
Not exactly true. My best friend's PS2 broke shortly after launch, and after months of trying to get Sony to replace it he finally went out and bought an Xbox. I wouldnt say they owned up and offered to fix them. Unless you mean a few years down the road (which they might have) in which case most PS2 owners have already bought another one so what is the harm in offering this.
And no, no console company would issue a recall for issues like this. And this has been proven. Sony didnt, MS didnt, and Nintendo didnt. All three of which had defective problems in recent systems. Not one recall.