Sony Vaio laptops

Overheating in Sony Vaios results in recall

Some Sony Vaio C- and F-series laptops have a temperature-management defect which has led to their recall.

Sony is recalling about 535,000 Vaio laptops from their C-series and F-series sold since January 2010. The breakdown of this figure is 259,000 laptops in the US, 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in Asia and 52,000 in Japan.

A malfunction of the internal temperature control system could lead to the laptop overheating and could even cause skin burns. The excessive heat could also lead to the laptop body getting distorted.

The company has received almost 40 complaints of this nature, although there have been no reports of skin burns as yet.

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Users of laptops that might be affected are advised to either download a BIOS software update from the web site designed to fix the error, or contact customer service who will pick up the laptop for repairs.

Wall Street Journal