Sony recalls overheating VAIO laptops

Some 73,000 VAIO laptops are to be recalled after a customer received a minor burn, but no UK models are affected.

Concerns about overheating have lead Sony to recall 73,000 VAIO laptops.

The recall was issued by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, after Sony received 15 reports of overheating, including one consumer who suffered a minor burn.

According to the Commission, the overheating is caused by "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 burn hazard to consumers."

The advisory affects VAIO VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000 series laptops and Sony is recommending anybody in possession of one of these models, bought between July 2007 and August 2008, return it immediately for a replacement.

Sony says laptops bought in the UK will not be affected by the recall.

Two years ago, Apple and Dell recalled laptops with Sony batteries, and last year, Lenovo suffered similar overheating woes.

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