Sony is no stranger to product recalls. In 2007, Sony issued a recall of notebook batteries that had the potential to catch fire. Sony put that behind them and operated with a clean record in 2008 -- until now. Sony and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall on certain VAIO TZ-series notebook computers.
The voluntary recall by Sony is blamed on a potential burn hazard to consumers. The burn hazard comes from wires that were irregularly positioned near the computers hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge that could cause a short circuit and overheating.
Sony reports that it is aware of 15 instances of overheating and that at least one of the consumers suffered a minor burn. Sony says that not all TZ series notebooks are covered in the recall and that owners of the VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300, and VGN-TZ2000 series computer should contact Sony to determine if their system is covered in the recall.
Sony says that the affected notebooks were manufactured in Japan and the U.S. from July 2007 to August 2008 and sold for $1,700 to $4,000. The total number of affected laptops sold in the U.S. according to Sony is 73,000.
Sony VAIO TZ owners in the UK may also have a notebook subject to recall and should contact Sony UK support for help.