The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this morning that Sony is recalling approximately 73,000 of its VAIO TZ-series notebook computers in the United States.
According to the CPSC, Sony received 15 reports of overheating, which in one report resulted in an injury, when a consumer suffered a minor burn. At fault is a wiring error, wherein "irregularly positioned wires near the computer's hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating." The units were sold from July 2007 through August 2008 for a retail price of $1,700-$4,000.
The specific models subject to recall are the following VAIO series:
Consumers should note that not all units are affected. According to the CPSC, if you possess one of these models, stop using it immediately until you can determine if it is one of the faulty units. Contact Sony Electronics Inc. to verify by calling 888-526-6219, or visit Sony's Web site (http://www.sony.com/support).
According to published reports, worldwide there were 209 reports of overheating and 440,000 units being recalled.
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