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Sony issues Vaio recall

Sony issues Vaio recall

Several models of Sony Vaio laptop sold over the last year may be in danger of short-circuit thanks to a design flaw.

If you're the lucky owner of a Sony Vaio laptop, you might have a hot system on your hands – literally.

BetaNews reported yesterday that Sony has issued a recall notice for several of its Viao TZ series laptops. According to Sony, a “wiring problem” may cause the affected units to overheat – although, thankfully, there's no reports of laptop immolation as yet.

The models affected by the recall were sold worldwide between July 2007 and August 2008 and include the VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300, and the VGN-TZ2000 series of notebooks. Owners of affected models are encouraged to contact Sony for “a free inspection and, if necessary, a repair to ensure these units meet [Sony's] high quality standards.”

Although Sony claims that customers are in no immediate danger from the glitch – described as “irregularly placed wires near the hinge, or a dislodged screw inside the hinge, [which] may cause a short circuit” – anyone who thinks their system is affected should “immediately power off the unit, unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery” before contacting the company to arrange a fix.

Any Vaio owners here noticed their pride and joy spitting sparks recently, or is Sony just being cautious about a rare possibility? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Hugo 5th September 2008, 14:21 Quote
Sony says: you can't call it a recall, 'cause it's not. It's a "voluntary inspection programme".
Tyrmot 5th September 2008, 14:24 Quote
wow, Vaio customers really got burned on that purchase :P
BlackMage23 5th September 2008, 15:26 Quote
Whenever I hear about a laptop recall, I always hear Sony's name.
I don't think I want to go near one of those.
mrb_no1 5th September 2008, 16:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Whenever I hear about a laptop recall, I always hear Sony's name.
I don't think I want to go near one of those.

pah, you dont read this site enough, i'm sure i've seen apple feature in recalls several times, exploding batterizzzzz and the like.

peace
steveo_mcg 5th September 2008, 16:34 Quote
Yup apple had some similar pyrotastic incidents relatively recently although I'm sure they were running Sony batteries.
devdevil85 5th September 2008, 17:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Whenever I hear about a laptop recall, I always hear Sony's name.
I don't think I want to go near one of those.
like mrb_no1 said, you don't read this site enough. Last year, my mom's HP had a battery recall, so Sony/Apple's not alone.
Hugo 5th September 2008, 18:05 Quote
Those recalls were due to problems with batteries supplied by Sony, IIRC...
OleJ 5th September 2008, 19:30 Quote
My moms Dell had a battery recall a few years back as well... It happens to all of them every once in a while.
johnnyboy700 5th September 2008, 22:24 Quote
There was a fire a few years ago at the Jordanhill Campus of Strathclyde Uni where one building was burnt to the ground and it was suspected that the fire started in a locker where one student had left his Dell laptop. It was at the time where Dell (and a few other manufacturers) were having problems with their batteries severely overheating, I even recall seeing a You Tube clip of a Dell laptop catching fire during a Japanese conference - pretty spectacular.
frontline 6th September 2008, 02:54 Quote
I've used a TZ21/WNB laptop for over a year with no problems, including numerous instances of falling asleep whilst watching DVD's on it in bed and waking up in the early hours to find that it is still playing...
ParaHelix.org 6th September 2008, 16:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyrmot
wow, Vaio customers really got burned on that purchase :P

Not at all, atleast the company have the decency to recall them when finding a problem, they should have found it in the design stages of the laptop, but still, freatfull that they are doing somthing about it at their own expence.
MgM* 6th September 2008, 21:41 Quote
Its such a pitty, a company that makes a descent game console can't produce a reputable and reasonably priced laptop....i think its a sign.
docodine 7th September 2008, 07:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by MgM*
Its such a pitty, a company that makes a descent game console can't produce a reputable and reasonably priced laptop....i think its a sign.

I don't see any connection.
Nature 7th September 2008, 11:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ParaHelix.org
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyrmot
wow, Vaio customers really got burned on that purchase :P

Not at all, atleast the company have the decency to recall them when finding a problem, they should have found it in the design stages of the laptop, but still, freatfull that they are doing somthing about it at their own expence.

I'm pretty sure he was making a pun :D
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