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Burn Hazard Prompts Massive Sony Vaio Laptop Recall

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission notified today that that there is a burn hazard with Sony Vaio laptops, which has prompted 73,000 Sony Vaio laptop recall.

The U.S. CPSC, in cooperation with the Sony, today announced a voluntary recall of Sony Vaio laptops, the names of which are presented below in the description section. People who have bought Sony Vaio should stop using recalled laptop computers immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Certain VAIO TZ-series notebook computers are being currently recalled. This Sony Vaio recall includes about 73,000 laptop computers. The official manufacturer is the Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, California.

The danger that has prompted Sony Vaio laptop recall is in the fact that irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating. This poses a laptop burn hazard to consumers.

Sony has received 15 reports of overheating incidents, including one consumer who suffered a minor burn.

The recalled notebook computer models are the VAIO VGN-TZ100 series, VGN-TZ200 series, VGN-TZ300 series and VGN-TZ2000 series. The computers’ screen size is about 11.1” measured diagonally. Not all units are affected; consumers should contact Sony to determine if their unit is included in the recall.

The recalled notebooks are being sold by The SonyStyle stores and Web site, authorized electronics retailers, and authorized business-to-business dealers nationwide from July 2007 through August 2008 for between $1,700 and $4,000.

These laptops are manufactured in Japan and United States

Consumers should stop using the recalled Sony Vaio notebook computers immediately and contact Sony to determine if their notebook is affected. The firm will arrange for an inspection and repair, if needed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sony toll-free at (888) 526-6219 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.sony.com/support

Based on the materials provided by CPSC.

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Submitted by Wesm on

This Sony recall was a pretty big deal for them -- stocks ended up dropping. They had bigger issues at the same time with a few system errors on the new Vaio X laptops. Tons of people returned them after experiencing the error 0x80070570 and not being able to repair it.

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