Sony VAIO Laptops May Overheat, Recall Issued

Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, California has issued a large recall of about 233,000 <"">VAIO Laptop Computers due to burn hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced,

The computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers. To date, Sony has received 30 reports of units overheating resulting in deformed keyboards and casings. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. The computers are available in many colors and have “VAIO” on the front outside panel. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the computers. A complete listing of the recalled models can be found here on the CPSC Website.

The recalled VAIO Laptop Computers, which were manufactured in China and the United States, were sold at Best Buy, Costco, Frys,, and Sony Style retail stores and as well as other electronics retailers and business suppliers nationwide. The recalled computers were shipped to consumers and resellers between January 2010 and April 2010 and sold for between $800 and $1,500.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately go to for instructions on how to update the computer’s BIOS firmware. Consumers can also call Sony or visit Sony Style retail stores nationwide for help with installing the update. This firmware will prevent the computer from overheating. The firmware update will also be available through the VAIO Update software program installed on the recalled computers. A prompt will appear when users log on.

Sony can be reached toll-free any time at (866) 496-7669 or at the firm’s Website at

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